About Me

I’m an Instructional Designer for Connected Learning in the Learning and Applied Innovation group at Colgate University. I have a PhD in Natural Resources from Cornell University; my dissertation research focused on community engagement in urban forestry, specifically on different ways to help residents and volunteers plant and care for city trees. In teaching a course on environmental activism at Colgate, I collaborated with instructional designers and found a way to become one myself as an “alternative academic” career. I started this position in January 2018.

While my professional work has shifted away from environmental issues, my emergent instructional design practice is shaped by my past academic and professional experiences working to understand the relationship between people and nature in urban areas. These experiences  are helping me to make sense of the ways that technology can be stewarded as a “resource” to enhance teaching and learning. I explore these ideas through the lens of connected learning pedagogy on my blog.

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Natural Resources, Cornell University (2016), MS (2012)
Dissertation: Mixed-Methods Investigations of Community Engagement in Urban Environmental Stewardship
Concentrations: human dimensions of natural resource management, adult and extension education, environmental psychology

BA, Environmental Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2008)


Moskell, C., Bassuk, N., Allred, S., & McRae, P. 2016. Engaging residents in street tree stewardship: Results of a tree watering outreach intervention. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. 42(5): 301 – 317.

Moskell C. and S. Broussard Allred. 2013. Residents’ beliefs about responsibility for the stewardship of park trees and street trees in New York City.  Landscape and Urban Planning. 120: 85-95.

Moskell C., and S. Broussard Allred. 2013. Integrating human and natural systems in community psychology: An ecological model of stewardship behavior. American Journal of Community Psychology. 51(1-2) 1-14.

Reprinted in Urban Ecology: Critical Concepts in Geography. 2015. Douglas, I., ed. Routledge Press.

Moskell, C., S. Broussard Allred, and G. Ferenz. 2010. Examining volunteer motivations and recruitment strategies for engagement in urban forestry. Cities and the Environment. 3(1): Article 9.


Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (EPA STAR) Graduate Research Fellowship (2012 – 2015)

Garden Club of America Urban Forestry Fellowship (2011)


Moskell, C. 2016. Urban Forestry and City Parks. In The CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy. Palus, C. and Dilworth, R., eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.


S.B. Allred and C. Moskell. 2017. Composting Awareness, Behaviors, Motivations and Barriers in Duchess County, NY. Human Dimensions Research Unit Publication 17-7. Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.


Turner, B and C. Moskell. 2017. Can a YouTube video lead to environmental change? Art on the internet and environmental attitudes, norms and beliefs. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference. Tucson, AZ.


Moskell Speaks on Urban Forestry.” Colgate Maroon News. November 16, 2017.

Evolution of the Land Grant Mission.” PeriodiCALS. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Fall 2012.

Two Students win EPA STAR Fellowships.” Department of Natural Resources Blog. Cornell University. Fall 2012“

CALS Helps NYC Plant Trees.” PeriodiCALS. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Spring 2010





Colgate University
Lecturer, University Studies (Fall 2016 – Fall 2017)
CORE 119SP: Environmental Activism, Science and the Arts

Teaching Core 119SP at Colgate University in Fall 2017; Colgate photographer Mark DiOrio caught me yakking to students, but most other times it was a discussion based course.

Cornell University
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Natural Resources (Fall 2010 – Spring 2016)
NTRES 4990 – Undergraduate Research
NTRES 3320 – Introduction to Ethics and the Environment
NTRES 3250 – Forest Management and Maple Syrup Production
NTRES 3200 – Natural Resource Planning and Management
NTRES 2201 – Society and Natural Resources


Graduate Program Assistant – Urban Environment. Cornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City (Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens). Summer 2010.

Photo of me (second from right) working with students from the New York Harbor School to run a Scavenger Hunt on Governor’s Island in Summer 2010 (photo by Alex Kudryavstev)

Natural Resources Community Educator. Cornell University Cooperative Extension – Onondaga County (Syracuse, NY). 2008 – 2009.

At Cooperative Extension, I developed a method for building and installing inexpensive homemade rain barrels. I worked with youth from the Onondaga Earth Corps to install rain barrels at a residential “green infrastructure” demonstration site in the Near West Side neighborhood of Syracuse, NY


In my free time, I teach Jazzercise classes at Colgate University. For fun, I merged my interests in “instructional design” and  being an “Jazzercise instructor” to create an online archive of the set-lists from some of my Jazzercise classes (which was really just a fun way for me to learn how to use Omeka, a free open source platform for academic publishing and creating archives and exhibits). As an instructional designer, I’ll be supporting Omeka as part of Colgate Domains.

Check out my archive and if you’re at Colgate, come to one of my classes! (schedule here).