Dr. Berthelote is a descendent of the Pend D’ Oreille, Salish, Kootenai, Lakota, and Chippewa Cree peoples. He holds a Bachelors in Geology, Masters in Geophysics, and a PhD in Geosciences. Dr. Berthelote is currently the Head of the Hydrology Department he helped create at Salish Kootenai College in Montana, the only geosciences degree program at a Tribal College or University. He has been directly involved with the Geoscience Alliance since 2009, a National organization dedicated to increasing Native American participation in the geosciences, he is the SKC AISES Chapter Advisor, and AIHEC Science Bowl coach. He has completed research on the Cochiti Pueblo lands in New Mexico, Kanaka Maoli lands in Hawaii, and the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend D’ Oreille aboriginal watersheds in Montana. Dr. Berthelote has a passion for protecting native lands, increasing STEM capacity in Indian country, and educating the next generation of environmentally responsible Native leaders. He has mentored student interns for more than a decade from cultures ranging from tribes in Alaska to Native Puerto Ricans and Chinese and everything in between. His strives to educate the next generation of leaders to think with multicultural perspectives and to manage with strong STEM theoretical understandings.