Science of Survival Summer Camp

Staff Bios

Dr. Jonathan Hare

Dr. Jonathan Hare

Physicist, television presenter and celebrity, Dr. Hare is an innovator when it comes to making science fun. His dissertation at the University of Sussex contributed to the discovery of the molecule Buckminsterfullerene, the basis for the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He co-presented the BBC television program “Hollywood Science” and was one of the scientists on BBC’s “Rough Science.”

Steve Engstrom

Steve Engstrom, M.S.

An expert in Biological Oceanography, Steve currently teaches Biology and Chemistry at Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts. He is a former Educator and Content Specialist at the Seacoast Science Center in N.H. Steve has presented on marine and environmental issues at several conferences and workshops throughout New England.

Michael Mutchie

Michael Mutchie

Michael Mutchie is a Portland firefighter and EMT. From 2004 to 2012 he served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant, combat medic, Airborne Ranger and Special Forces combat diver. He will teach campers wilderness first aid, fire building and shelter construction.

Wade Ward

Wade Ward

Wade Ward is a Portland firefighter and a rope-rescue technician who served in the U.S.  Marine Corps as a scout sniper. Gold medal winner of the Marine Super Squad competition, he will teach orienteering, range estimation, as well as the mechanics of belaying and rope rescues.

Nancy Cripe

Nancy Cripe, M.S.

Nancy Cripe teaches biology and human anatomy/physiology at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a recipient of the 2010-2013 Anderson-Clawson Distinguished Chair Award for excellence in teaching. Nancy co-mentored 2013 and 2014 student teams that designed, built and launched experiments to the International Space Station. She will put her graduate degree in natural resources to use as she works with Science Island Extreme campers.

Russel Taylor

Russel Taylor

A high school technology teacher, Russel Taylor integrates STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) throughout his classes. He collaborated with Dr. Jonathan Hare to develop a course called Science Island which won a National Semiconductor Award for innovation in science curriculum. He teaches the only high school Land Rover training course in North America, after developing the course in conjunction with Land Rover instructors. In the early 1990s, Taylor received a $30,000 grant for a unique technology initiative from Kevin Eastman, co-author of the Ninja Turtles cartoon series.