Studying the Earth changes our sense of place
This shift in perspective is empowering and inspires scientific curiosity. When I teach, I aim to stimulate this curiosity, recognize and build on it when it appears spontaneously, and use it to motivate my students.
My interest in teaching grew side-by-side with my scientific training. As an undergraduate, I worked at Carleton College's Science Education Resource Center, editing and compiling online resources for geoscience educators. As a result, I became fascinated by the pedagogy of geology at the same time I was captivated by the science itself.
Assistant Professor | Idaho State University
Earth Materials I (mineralogy, Fall 2019)
Advanced Physical Geology (Fall 2019)
Earth Materials II (petrology, Spring 2020)
Visiting Assistant Professor | Hamilton College
Principles of Geoscience: Geologic Hazards (Fall 2018)
This introductory course uses fundamental concepts in geology to explore natural hazards. Topics include using the geologic record to understand the frequency and magnitude of past events; the impact humans have on the processes that generate natural hazards; community resilience and risk reduction; and how natural disasters have shaped humanity’s relationship with the environment.
MATLAB for the Earth and Environmental Sciences (Spring 2019)
A basic introduction to the MATLAB® programming language and computing environment as a tool for studying the Earth. We explore Earth science questions using image analysis, numerical modeling, and the visualization of real data while covering the fundamentals of working in the command window, using arithmetic and logical operations, calling built-in functions, and writing scripts. This course is geared towards students with no programming background.
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (Spring 2019)
A study of the genesis and diagenesis of clastic, carbonate, evaporite and other important sediments and rocks. Emphasis on fluid dynamics of grain transport, facies architecture, stratigraphy, and paleoclimatic/ tectonic significance of depositional sequences.