Teaching

Mineralogy Could there be anything more joyous than teaching about the wonder of minerals? Techniques for the description and identification of minerals. Basic crystallography and crystal chemistry stressing the application of these disciplines to minerals and ore deposits. Includes extensive laboratory component.

Petrology Genesis, classification and hand specimen identification of common igneous and metamorphic rocks. Introduction to the examination of rocks in the field and in thin sections. Weekend field trip. Includes extensive lab component.

Principles of Geochemistry A broad introduction to geochemistry, this course will review chemical principles and their use in understanding processes of the Earth, and solar system formation and differentiation. Topics include nucleosynthesis and cosmochemical abundances of elements, bonding and element partitioning, radiogenic isotopes and geochronology, weathering, chemistry of the ocean, and stable isotopes and their application to climate.

Introduction to Geology The investigation of the planet Earth. Includes the study of earth materials, the dynamic processes which have shaped and are shaping the earth's surface and interior through time, and the influence of these materials and processes on humanity.

Introduction to Geology Laboratory Laboratory study of minerals, rocks and earth processes including interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. Using geological data to understand the scientific method. Field trips required.

How to Build a Habitable Planet
Head Teaching Fellow, Fall 2007-2009, four sections.
The steps involved in creation of our habitable planet: the Big Bang, origin of the elements, formation of minerals, origin of the solar system, formation of planets, origin of life, co-evolution of ocean, atmosphere, solid earth and biosphere, development of plate tectonics, operation of the modern whole earth system, and climate regulation. Finally we consider the arising of intelligent life that can understand and influence the planetary system, and whether Earth may be a microcosm reflecting laws of planetary evolution that are common to a class of planets throughout the universe, or alternatively may be a low probability accident.

Departmental Teaching Fellow
Academic Year 2011-2012
The Departmental Teaching Fellow (DTF) is a new position within EPS appointed by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning. The DTF is an experienced TF with a strong interest in pedagogy who serves as a peer mentor and evaluates teaching within the department. The DTF is nominated and officially mentored by the Department Preceptor and the Bok Center Associate Director & Head of Science Teaching Support.