As a soil scientist, Dr. Topper’s work experience includes evaluation of soil amendments and contamination, water quality monitoring (surface and ground water), environmental site assessments, mined and disturbed land reclamation, radiological investigations, agricultural research, management of state analytical laboratories, and soil chemistry research. He published a book on sampling environmental media.
Having a scientist’s perspective coupled with more than 20 years of teaching experience has developed his understanding of our national need to reform science education. He has taught science education workshops for K–8th grade teachers with a focus on guided inquiry–based pedagogy and science content. Karl also developed and taught a variety of workshops for Tribal College Professors. He currently is writing a science education textbook and developing professional development training focused on supporting teachers’ capacity to teach integrated STEM with a literacy strand. Dr. Topper is a published scientist. He has presented numerous papers, implemented a variety of short courses, and has acquired over $1 million in education grants. Currently Karl is settling into his new home near Telluride where he is establishing his new environmental and STEM consulting/service business.