Konrad Scheltema received a BS from Hampshire College where he was a Jerome Lemelson Scholar and a MS in structural geology from The University of Massachusetts as an Isenberg Scholar of Natural Science, Engineering and Management. He worked in outdoor and adventure education, and taught Geology and oceanography at Greenfield Community College. He is founder and principal of K&N Scientific, manufacturing geologic mapping and field equipment and high precision force plates for small animal biomechanical research. Konrad worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years with a particular interest in energy conservation and building science and was founder and principal of one of the largest weatherization businesses in Vermont. Research interests have taken him from the Bedrock of New England to Connecticut River watershed conservation and oceanographic research in Antarctic waters. He served on the Board of Directors of the Rich Earth Institute, helping to build the organization through it’s first 6 years and worked there as a research associate before joining the Climate Foundation in 2018. Konrad is an inveterate tinkerer and inventor and enjoys watercolor painting, playing music and being in on and around the ocean whenever he can.