Board Bios

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Our Board of Directors has a wide range of backgrounds, but its commitment to New Mexico science is unrelenting.Jayne Aubele – NM Museum Liason

Jayne is Senior Educator/Geologist for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. She has two masters degrees, one in geology and one in planetary science and is working on a long-overdue Ph.D. As a geologist, she has focused on volcanoes and has mapped and researched the geology of New Mexico and the southwest (in person) and of the Moon, Mars and Venus (remotely). Prior to coming to the Museum, she was a research scientist and Program Manager for NASA’s Space Grant Program at Brown University. She has published a large number of scientific papers, popular articles about science for the general public, and science curricula for K-12 teachers. She has taught earth and space science topics to K-12 students, K-12 teachers, and the adult public.  She was asked to write the entry on “Earth” for the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Space Science and has authored or co-authored chapters in books including Volcanoes of North America, The Geology of Mars, and the Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. She was technical advisor and on-air geologist for the NM-PBS program, The Sandias.   She is past-President and current board member of the New Mexico Academy of Science, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Lynn Brandvold – Director, Junior Academy of Science

Lynn recently retired after working 38 years for what was then the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, now known as the NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. My degrees are in chemistry and I managed the analytical laboratory at the Bureau. We did inorganic analysis of water and soil samples for general and trace constituents, metallurgical samples for metals, ore samples for major and minor constituents including silver, gold and platinum. My research interests were in ground and surface water analyses and environmental analysis. I published papers on inorganic arsenic in ground waters in Socorro County and a statewide database of ground water analyses. Research publications are available at

I served on the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission as the Bureau’s representative for 33 years. I am a past president of NMAS and have served as the NMJAS Director since 1999.

Malva Knoll – Secretary

Malva retired in 2007 as a science teacher from the secondary chemistry classrooms of the Albuquerque Public Schools.  She was the NM candidate for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching twice during her career.  Ms. Knoll was the Director of Education at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque from 2007-2012.

She received her Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico in Secondary and Adult Education in 1980.  She has been an active supporter of the New Mexico Academy of Science and served as President in 1995.  She has been on the NMAS board as Secretary for over 10 years.  She is also an active member of the NM Science Teachers’ Association.

Malva was co-chair of the NM State Math Science Advisory Council for the NM Public Education Department in 2013.  She served on an advisory committee for a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to NM for five years in the 1990’s and has given expert testimony to the NM State Legislators regarding Science Standards.

Malva continues to dedicate her efforts to projects bettering Science education for students and educators in New Mexico as she shares her knowledge about State and National Science Standards.