Publications & Conferences

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JOURNALS and BOOK CHAPTERS:

Thornton, T. 2018. Encouraging the Next Generation to Manage and Protect Water Resources. In progress



Thornton, T. and Leahy, J. 2017. “Factors that Contribute to the Recruitment of Professionals and Government Employees as Science Research Volunteers in the K-12 Classroom.” In progress



Thornton, T. 2015a. “Chapter 4 Part II: Facilitating Place-based, Original Research for the Individual Student, the Classroom, and the Community” in C. Kost (ed.), ENGAGE! Exploring the Strange New World of Curriculum, Community, Collaboration and Innovation in 21st Century Independent Secondary Education. (pp. 105-113). North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.



Thornton, T. 2015b. “Appendix III: Summer Assignments” in C. Kost (ed.), ENGAGE! Exploring the Strange New World of Curriculum, Community, Collaboration and Innovation in 21st Century Independent Secondary Education. (pp. 259-262). North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.



Thornton, T. 2015c. “Appendix: VIII: Student Research” in C. Kost (ed.), ENGAGE! Exploring the Strange New World of Curriculum, Community, Collaboration and Innovation in 21st Century Independent Secondary Education. (pp. 294-296). North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.



Straub C. L. and Leahy, J. E. 2014. Application of a Modified Health Belief Model to the Pro‐Environmental Behavior of Private Well Water Testing Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 1515–1526



Peckenham, J. M. and Peckenham, S. K. 2014. Assessment of Quality for Middle Level and High School Student-Generated Water Quality Data. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 1477-1487.



Thornton, T. and Leahy, J. 2012. “Trust in Citizen Science Research: A Case Study of the Groundwater Education Through Water Evaluation & Testing Program.” Journal of American Water Resource Association. Vol. 48. No. 5: 1032-1040.



Peckenham, J. M., Thornton, T., and Peckenham, P. 2012. “Validation of Student Generated Data for Assessment of Groundwater Quality.” Journal of Science Education and Technology. Vol. 21 No. 2: 287-294.



Thornton, T. and Leahy, J. 2011. “Changes in Social Capital and Networks of New England: A Study of Community-Based Environmental Management Through a School-Centered Research Program.” Journal of Science Education and Technology. Vol. 21. No. 1: 167-182





GET WET! RELATED SECONDARY STUDENT PUBLICATIONS:

Bergonzoli, I. and Thornton, T. 2017. “Cancerous By-Products Found In Drinking Water As A Result Of Private Well Homeowner Behavior.” Submitted to JAWRA



Spritz, A. and Thornton, T. 2017. "Secondary Educators Willingness to Participate in Citizen Science Programs"to be submitted



SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Relating to GET WET!:

Thornton, T. 2017. “Methodologies for Educators to Facilitate Community-Based, Place-Based Water Research in Secondary Schools.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Portland, OR



Thornton, T. 2016. “Encouraging Community-Based Graduate Level Water Research in Secondary Education.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Orlando, FL



Thornton, T. 2015. “Developing Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Research as Curriculum to Protect Drinking Water Sources.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Denver, CO



Thornton, T. and Peckenham, J. 2014. “Incorporating and Assessing Newly Implemented Common Core Objectives Through the Evaluation of a School-Centered, Community-Based Research (CBEMR) Project Focused on Student Managed Groundwater Protection.” 50th Annual American Water Resources Conference, Tysons Corner, VA



Thornton, T. 2014. “Community-based environmental Monitoring Research as a STEM program.” Green Schools Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, FL



Thornton, T. 2014. “Encouraging Graduate Level Research in Secondary Education.” 23rd Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, Fort Myers, FL



Thornton, T. 2013. “Developing Meaningful Collaborations through a Community-based Groundwater Monitoring Research Program.” The Groundwater Foundation National Conference, Orlando, FL



Thornton, T. 2013. “Encouraging the Next Generation to Manage and Protect Water Resources.” American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Portland OR



Thornton, T. 2013. “The Effects of Sea Level Rise on Private Drinking Water Wells.” Sea Level Rise Symposium, West Palm Beach, FL



Thornton, T. 2013. “Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Research as Curriculum.” Green Schools National Conference, West Palm Beach, FL



Peckenham, J., and Thornton, T. 2013. “Indicators of Groundwater Quality: Understanding Trends and Uncertainty.” Maine Water Conference, Bangor, FL



Thornton, T., Leahy, J., and Peckenham, J. 2012. “Groundwater Protection through a Citizen-Based Private Well Testing Program.” American Water Resources Assoc. Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL



Thornton, T. 2012. “Assuring Collaborative Communities in Environmental Education Research.” STEMtech Conference, The League for Innovation in the Community College, Kansas City, MO



Thornton, T., Leahy, J., and Peckenham, J. 2011. “Evaluating a Community Based Environmental Monitoring Research Project (CBEMR) for Successful Private Well Education, Monitoring, and Research.” NE Private Well Water Symp., Southbury, CT



Thornton, T. and Leahy, J., 2011. “Factors that affect the recruitment of professionals and government employees as volunteers in the classroom of a school-based environmental monitoring program.” Citizen Science Symposium, Orono, ME



Thornton, T., Leahy, J. 2011 “Social Capital and Social Network Changes in a School-Centered Research Program that Promotes Community Management of Drinking Water Sources.” Maine Annual Water Conference, Augusta, ME

Thornton, T., Leahy, J., and Johnson, T. 2011. “Using a Community Based Environmental Monitoring Research Project (GET WET!) to Determine What Factors of a Place-based Education Project Constitute Successful Community Management of Natural Resources.” Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL



Thornton, T., Leahy, J., and Johnson, T. 2010. “Analyzing social networks to determine the benefits of a community based environmental monitoring research project (GET WET!) in natural resource management.” 16th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Corpus Christi, TX



Thornton, T., Straub, C., Leahy, J., Peckenham, J., Wilson, L., Jemison, J., and Mac Rae, J. 2010. “GET WET!: Community-based Groundwater Monitoring, Research, Outreach, and Public Education to Assist Communities in Natural Resource Management.” NHDES Drinking Water Source Protection, American Ground Water Trust, Concord, NH



Leahy, J., Thornton, T., Straub, J. 2010. “Evaluating Groundwater Partnerships through a Mixed Method Social Science Approach.” Maine Annual Water Conference, Augusta, ME



Thornton, T., Straub, C., Leahy, J., Peckenham, J., Wilson, L., Jemison, J., and Mac Rae, J. 2009. “Using Public Schools as the Community Center to Promote Private Well Education, Monitoring, and Research.” Northeast Private Well Water Symposium, Portland, ME



Thornton, T., Straub, C., Leahy, J., Peckenham, J., Wilson, L., Jemison, J., and Mac Rae, J. 2009. “Community Based Research Alternatives for Water Quality Monitoring in the Northeast.” NE Geologic Society of America Annual Conference, Portland, ME



Straub, C., Thornton, T., Leahy, J., Peckenham, J., Wilson, L., Jemison, J., and MacRae, J. 2009. “Citizen Science: Solving Groundwater Issues in New England,” Maine Annual Water Conference, Portland, ME



Thornton, T. and Peckenham, J. 2008. “Using Data from Community-Centered Research to Support Management of Groundwater Resources.” Maine Annual Water Conference, Augusta, ME



Leahy, J., Thornton, T., Straub, C., Peckenham, J., Wilson, L., Jemison, J., and Mac Rae, J. 2008. “Citizen and Volunteer Science: A Review and Future Directions within Human Dimensions Research,” Vermont EPSCoR/NSF Water Dynamics Conf., Burlington, VT



Thornton, T. and Peckenham, J. 2007. “The Relationship between Sand and Gravel Mining and Water Resources: Community Centered Research to Support Groundwater Management.” American Water Resources Assoc. Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM



Thornton, T. and Peckenham, J. 2006. “Can Gravel Mining and Water Supply Wells Coexist?” American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD



Thornton, T. and Peckenham, J. 2005. “The Future of Drinking Water in Maine.” New England Water Works Association 124th Annual Conference, Rockland, ME



SECONDARY STUDENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS relating to GET WET!

Linck, R. Mirkin, E., Dukor, R., and Thornton, T. 2017. “Fate and Transport Modeling of Chemical Contaminates Analyzed from Source Waters that Lead to Toxic Megablooms in the Saint Lucie Watershed of South Florida.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Portland, OR



Bergonzoli I., and Thornton, T. 2015. “The Behavior Economics of a Private Well Water Community in the Face of an Unexplained Cancer Scare.” 51st Annual American Water Resources Conference, Denver CO. AWARDED AWRA GRADUATE STUDENT COMPETITION



Bergonzoli I., and Thornton, T. 2014. “Contaminants in Drinking Water as a Result of Private Well Homeowner Behavior.” 50th Annual American Water Resources Conference, Tysons Corner, VA



SELECTED POSTERS relating to GET WET!

Coelho, L., Turner, L., and Thornton, T. 2017. “Validating the Quantification of Heavy Metals in Public and Private Drinking Water Systems Using Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Portland, OR



Turner, L., and Thornton, T. 2016. “Using the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Research Program GET WET! to quantify Heavy Metals in Public and Private Drinking Water.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Orlando, FL & 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, FGCU, Ft Myers, FL. WON FIRST PLACE UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS



Hermiz, E., Dukor, R., and Thornton, T. 2016. “Using the RamTest-APPTM Handheld Raman Identifier Gun (BioTools, Inc) to Validate Deadly Contaminants in End Use Locations of Public and Private Water Systems.” Annual American Water Resources Conference, Orlando, FL & 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, FGCU, Ft Myers, FL. WON THIRD PLACE UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS (tied)



Beckford, C., & Thornton, T. 2015. Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Contaminants on Unregulated Private Wells in South Florida 2012-2014. 24th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, Ft Myers, FL



Bergonzoli I., and Thornton, T. 2014. “Compromised Drinking Water As A Result Of Private Well Homeowner Behavior.” 23rd Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, Fort Myers, FL



Hutton, D., Beckford, C., and Thornton, T. 2014. “Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Contaminants on Unregulated Private Wells in South Florida.” 23rd Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference, Fort Myers, FL



Bergonzoli I., and Thornton, T. 2013. “Cancer Causing By-Products Found In Drinking Water As A Result Of Private Well Homeowner Behavior.” The Groundwater Foundation National Conference, Orlando, FL



Beckford, C., Hutton, D., and Thornton, T. 2013. “School-Centered, Community Based Research Investigating Private Wells, Groundwater Quality, and Public Education.” The Groundwater Foundation National Conference, Orlando, FL



Bergonzoli I., and Thornton, T. 2013. “Contaminants In Drinking Water As A Result Of Private Well Homeowner Behavior.” American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Portland OR



Beckford C., Hutton, D., And Thornton, T. 2013. “Effects Of Natural And Anthropogenic Contaminants On Unregulated Private Wells In South Florida: How Will Sea Level Rise Affect Drinking Waters.” Sea Level Rise Symposium, West Palm Beach, FL



Bergonzoli, I., and Thornton, T. 2013. “Community-Based Monitoring of Private Well Filtration Systems as Environmental Research.” Southwest Florida Water Resources Assoc. Annual Conference, Ft. Meyers, FL



Bergonzoli, I., and Thornton, T. 2012. “Community-Based Private Well Monitoring as Secondary Level Environmental Education Research.” American Water Resources Assoc. Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL




Mission Statement

To bring collaborative environmental research into the community through the classroom in order to understand local environmental changes and promote public health through safe drinking water.

GET WET! 2014©