TEACHING

My current teaching includes the following courses:


Geol 1110: Introduction to Geology & Earth Systems

Geology is an applied science that investigates the complex origin of the Earth, its composition, architecture, antiquity, the processes that shape it through time, and the development of life. Earth systems science is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding interactions between the solid earth (geosphere), hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Generally taught fall semester.


Geol 2312: Petrology

Petrology of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, including their occurrence, petrogenesis and tectonic setting. Emphasis on the relationships between mineral assemblages, rock textures, geochemistry, origins, and rock-forming processes. Taught fall semester.


Geol 3540: Geologic Field Methods

Introduction to geological mapping of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks in the field, including gaining familiarity with base maps, map projections, GPS systems, and use of standard geological field tools. Students will learn to observe landscape features, to make geologic maps and cross sections, to write map-unit descriptions, and to make interpretations of geological and map relationships. Taught spring semester.


Geol 4480: Tectonics

Ancient and active plate-tectonic processes. Topics include tectonic theory, plate motions, evolution of divergent, convergent and transform margins, anatomy of orogenic belts, and neotectonics. Examines tectonic phenomena in the context of geological, geophysical and surficial processes. Offered alternate years, generally spring semester.


Geol 5310: Advanced Petrology

Physico-chemical principles applied to origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Phase equilibria in important mineral systems. Lab study and interpretation of igneous and metamorphic rocks using the petrographic microscope. Offered as there is interest, generally in fall semester.