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Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture

Charlotte Rosendahl

Email: crosendahl@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x109

Charlotte Rosendahl, PhD,  is originally from Denmark and came to the US as an exchange student the senior year of her Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. She taught at several other universities around the United States, and came to Sterling College in 2009.

Rosendahl feels her teaching style fits nicely with the mission of Sterling College—working hands, working minds. “All my classes have a large hands-on component to support the concepts learned in class,” she says. “We spend nearly half of our class time outside or in the lab depending on the time of the year and the class being taught.”

She continues, “I teach this way because I love to explore new things and see things from new perspectives which a hands-on approach always provides. Science is my passion and I can’t even imagine teaching science without a strong laboratory or real-world practical hands-on component. The two key themes that run through all my upper division classes are ecology and evolution, which are the foundation for developing a deep understanding of the dynamics and sustainability of any ecosystem.”

Another passion of hers is global education. “My classes teach place-based skills that can be used anywhere in the world,” she says. “Students get exposed to a global perspective on the issue. Students can explore a deeper global perspective by participating in one of my classes offered through the Sterling College Global Field Studies.”

She’s also interested in supporting students with research projects as independent studies. The projects give the students the skills to design their own research experiments in the future or in preparation for a graduate program.

Education

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,University of Minnesota, Minnesota, 2003

MS in Agronomy, The Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996

BS in Agronomy, The Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1994

Publications

Nir Shapir, Charlotte Pedersen, Omer Gil, Lisa Strong, Jennifer Seffernick, Michael J. Sadowsky, Lawrence P. Wackett “TrzN from Arthrobacter aurescens TC1 is a Zinc Amidohydrolase” J. Bacteriol. 2006 188: 5859-5864.

Nir Shapir, Charlotte Rosendahl, Gilbert Johnson, Marco Andreina, Michael J. Sadowsky, Lawrence P. Wackett “Substrate Specificity and Colorimetric Assay for Recombinant TrzN Derived from Arthrobacter aurescens TC1” Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2005. 71(5):2214-20

Lisa C. Strong, Charlotte Rosendahl, Gilbert Johnson, Michael J. Sadowsky, Lawrence P. Wackett “Arthrobacter aurescens TC1 Metabolizes Diverse s-Triazine Ring Compounds” Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2002. 68: 5973-5980

Presentations

“The Use of Microbial Community Studies of Healthy, Unhealthy and Dead Starlet Coral to Determine a Possible Pathogenic Microorganism Involved in the Dark Spot Disease” Jeremiah Whetman and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Student and Faculty Scholarship Day, SUU, May 2009

“Using Plants to Remove Arsenic from Contaminated Water” Dallin Clark, Chelsey McKenna, Stacie Meier, Diana Heath, Mckell Clark, Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Student and Faculty Scholarship Day, SUU, May 2009

“Phytoremediation of Desert Mound Mine – a case study of an integrated environmental science curriculum”, Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Utah Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Price, March 2009

“Using bacteria to detect cyanide” Kurt Whittemore, Ray Uchida, Luke Allen and Kelsey Allen, Bruce Howard, Colette Calmelet, Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, IGEM Jamboree, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2007

“Analysis of the change of community structure of bacteria found in the a seasonal saline lake dependent on the concentration of salt” Stacy DeMill, Coby Brown, Cheri Tait, Justin Bowles and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, West Coast Undergraduate Biological Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007

“ Site-directed mutagenesis analysis of the possible metal binding ligands in TrzN” Ray Uchida and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, West Coast Undergraduate Biological Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007

“ Understanding the factors that determine the difference in the microbial community in the different small springs at the Lund Hot Springs, UT” Kenny Robinson and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, West Coast Undergraduate Biological Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007

“Identification of the members of the microbial consortia involved in degradation of two triazines” Clayton Clark and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Student and Faculty Scholarship Day, Southern Utah University, UT, April 2007

“Isolation of bacteria from starlet coral infected with yellow-spot disease on San Salvador, Bahamas” Jeremiah Whetman and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Student and Faculty Scholarship Day, Southern Utah University, UT, April 2007

“Growth and characterization of halophiles isolated from the Little Salt Lake in Parowan, UT” Stacy DeMill, Cheri Tait and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Utah Academy, Arts and Letters Annual Conference, Southern Utah University, UT, April 2007

“Isolation and characterization of thermophilic bacteria isolated from Lund Hot Springs, UT” Kenneth Robinson and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Utah Academy, Arts and Letters Annual Conference, Southern Utah University, UT, April 2007

“Characterization of a microbial consortia involved with the degradation of the pesticide atrazine”, Clayton Clark and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Biology Symposium, Southern Utah University, UT, December 2006

“Seasonal fluctuation of the microbial community of the Little Salt Lake in Utah” Justin Bowels, Stacy DeMill, Cheri Tait and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Biology Symposium, Southern Utah University, UT, December 2006

“ Resolving the importance of the possible metal ligands in the zinc metalloenzyme TrzN by use of site-directed mutagenesis” Ray Uchida and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Biology Symposium, Southern Utah University, UT, December 2006

“Using native plants to remove arsenic from the Desert Mound Mine” Jamie Cooper, Joshua Barton, Clint Elison and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Annual Southern Utah Natural Resource Conference, Richfield, UT, September 2005

“Survey of the occurrence of coral disease on reefs at San Salvador in the Bahamas and the possibility of use of a fish species as an indicator for disease”
Toree Fitzgerald, David Petersen, Marie Petersen and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen. Student and Faculty Scholarship Day, Southern Utah University, UT, May 2005

“Using Science Literature in Both Introductory and Senior-Level Biology Courses”, Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, National Science Teachers Association Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 2004

“Involvement of a Possible Pathogenic Shigella flexneri in s-Triazine Herbicide Degradation by a Soil Consortium”, Janelle Lee and Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, American Society of Microbiology Annual General Meeting, New Orleans, LS, May 2003

“Characterization of the Microbial Degradation of two s-Triazine Herbicides by Bacteria Isolated from Soil”, Charlotte Rosendahl Pedersen, Michael Sadowsky and Lawrence Wackett, American Society of Microbiology 100th General Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, May 2000