My teaching philosophy is student-centric. Student learning outcomes in the geosciences are firmly rooted in experiential learning. To this end, I prefer to blend lecture content with in-class activities to learn fundamentals and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Field experiences are a critical component that reinforces these fundamental skills and concepts and drives student engagement and learning.
Introduction to the nature and character of the Earth’s crust and the geological processes that generate and shape landform features. Topics include minerals, rocks, earth structure and plate tectonics, geological processes and associated landforms. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets General Education IVA or IVB (Prior to Fall 2008: IIIA or IIIB).
GEOL 211 SEDIMENT ANALYSIS (Fall 2019)
Lab-based course designed to introduce students to the most common methodologies field scientists use to measure, analyze and classify sediments. Prerequisite/corequisite: GEOL 103 or permission of the instructor. Two hours laboratory per week.
GEOL 336 STRATIGRPHY & SEDIMENTLGY (Fall 2019)
Introduces students to the fundaments of stratigraphy and sedimentology, and places a particular emphasis on the identification, occurrence, and analysis of sediments and sedimentary rock facies. Numerous field trips apply lecture content in the field to reconstruct Appalachian geology. Learn how to map geologic rock formations in the field and measure stratigraphic section, two skills that are integral to any professional geologist and research geologist. Prerequisites: GEOL 206, 211. Three hours per week.
GEOL 407 HYDROGEOLOGY (Fall 2019)
Introduction to the geological and hydrological processes operating at and within Earth’s surface and subsurface. Focus on practical applications of natural flow systems and principles of fluid flow through porous media, including an in-depth study of groundwater flow concepts, such as flow nets, hydraulic potential and saturated and unsaturated flow; solute transport; and quantitative hydrogeologic methods for assessing groundwater quality, quantity and movement. Prerequisites: GEOL 103, MATH 155, junior level standing, or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
GEOL 465 EARTH SCIENCE SEMINAR (Fall 2019)
Discussions of the scientific process and timely topics in earth science and related fields. Requires participation and presentations. Prerequisites: GEOL 103 and junior standing or permission of instructor. Two hours per week.
HONR 312 HONR RESRCH/CREATIVE PROJ (Fall 2019)
Develop a research or creative project suitable for presentation at an undergraduate research conference or equivalent public venue. Work one-on-one with a faculty mentor from a department of the student's choosing and with Honors administrative faculty to complete and present the independent project. Prerequisites: Admission to Honors Program. One hour per week. (P/F)