Pamela BlanchardPamela Blanchard  

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Liberal Arts, University of St. Thomas (Houston), 1981; Geology, Lamar University, 1992

PhD: Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University, 1998

Phone: (225) 578-2297

Fax: (225) 578-9135


Office: 109 Peabody Hall



Pam Blanchard received her PhD in Geology and Geophysics from LSU in 1998. She also has a MA in Liberal Arts from the University of St. Thomas, Houston (1981) and a BS in Geology from Lamar University, Beaumont (1992). She was a 5th to 8th grade school math and science teacher for 8.5 years in two parochial schools in Texas.

After graduating from LSU, she served as Louisiana Sea Grant College Program’s Education Coordinator for four years. While at Sea Grant, she collaborated with partners to begin Ocean Commotion in 1998 and the LSU Coastal Roots Program in 2000. In 2011, she received the Coastal Stewardship Award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Her responsibilities in the School of Education are focused on helping elementary and secondary science educators teach science in rigorous, creative, meaningful, and engaging ways.

Selected Publications

Bush, E., & Blanchard, P. B. (2009). Low-Cost Can Yard for School-Based Restoration Nurseries. HortTechnology, 19(4), 818-822.

Karsh, K, Bush, E., Hinson, J., & Blanchard, P. B. (2009). Integrating Horticulture Biology and Environmental Coastal Issues into the Middle School Science Curriculum. HortTechnology, 19(4), 813-817.

Blanchard, P. B. & Dowell, M-M. (2010).Science and Literacy as Social Responsibility:  A Transdisciplinary Approach to Service, Learning and Teacher Preparation. eJournal of Literacy and Social Responsibility, 3(1), 8-22.

Smith, E. A., Blanchard, P. B., & Bargu, S. (2014). Education and public outreach concerning freshwater harmful algal blooms in southern Louisiana. Harmful Algae, 35, 38-45.

Lou, Y., Blanchard, P. B., and Kennedy, E. (2015). Development and Validation of a Science Inquiry Skills Assessment. Journal of Geoscience Education, 63(1), 73-85.

Selected Presentations

Lou, Y. & Blanchard, P. (2012, October). Assessing and Building Science Inquiry Skills in Middle School Earth Science Classrooms. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012 (pp. 1541-1546). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Legoria, M. & Blanchard, P. (2014, July). Fostering Intergenerational Botanical Literacy. National Children and Youth Garden Symposium, Columbus, OH.

Henderson, R., Bauer-Armstrong, C., Gruber, M., Blanchard, P.B., Mullin, K., & Clanton, K. (2014, November). Best practices of stewardship in action: Restoration education for K-12. Restore America’s Estuaries 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and 24th Biennial Meeting of The Coastal Society, National Harbor, Maryland. 

Legoria, M. & Blanchard, P. (2015, July). Is Our Garden Working? Assessing Children Learning and Engagement. National Children’s and Youth Garden Symposium, Austin, TX.

Blanchard, P.B. (2013, October). LSU Coastal Roots: School-based Native Plant Nursery for Habitat Restoration. North American Association of Environmental Education Annual Conference, Baltimore MD.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

LSU Pathways to Inquiry (National Science Foundation: Teacher Professional Continuum, 2006-2009)

LaSPACE/NASA Michoud Education Fellows Program (2008-2012)

LSU Coastal Roots Program (2000-present) 

Florida K-12 Math and Science Partnership Grant of Osceola, Okeechobee and Volusia County School Districts, University of South Florida and Louisiana State University (Science for Inquiry)