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.
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.
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, seismic stratigraphy and paleoclimatic/ tectonic significance of depositional sequences.
Graduate Teaching Assistant | UA Geosciences
As a teaching assistant for upper-division undergraduate classes, I designed and taught laboratory assignments, lectured, lead in-lab field trips around the Tucson basin, and helped to lead overnight field trips in southern Arizona and California.
I also presented guest lectures in the graduate-level course Orogenic Systems about the geochemical tools we use to study magmatic arcs.
Alumni Teaching Assistant | Carleton College
In the fall of 2007, I spent 12 weeks at the Osservatorio Geologico di Coldigioco (Frontale di Aprio, Italy) updating curricula, teaching field methods, grading, cooking, and providing extensive logistical support for Carleton College's geology field camp / study abroad program.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant | Carleton College
Petrology, Structural Geology, and Introduction to Geology.