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TEACHING

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My pedagogical choices aim to maximize student learning by creating a supportive, learner-centered environment in which students engage with authentic problems. I employ active learning methods to develop student skills in critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and scientific writing. The three upper-division courses (EART101, 120, 125) all use a flipped classroom format with short pre-lecture videos hosted online and in-class exercises. Because of its size, the lower-division EART7 course incorporates active learning exercises (jigsaw-style and think-pair-share exercises, group or class discussion) into the classroom experience. All courses focus on application of skills and knowledge to solve problems, rather than on memorization of facts. I hope that students will gain the disciplinary skills and confidence to think broadly and creatively, as well as the metacognitive skills to continue learning after they leave the classroom.

COURSES

EART7

History of Life

An examination of the major events in the history of life, from the origin of life approximately four billion years ago, to the wave of extinctions that has decimated plants and animals around the globe over the past 30,000 years.

EART101

Invertebrate Paleobiology


An introduction to paleobiology; the use of fossil evidence to pose and solve evolutionary and geologic questions.


EART120

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Stratigraphic principles used in classifying sedimentary rocks. Fundamentals of sedimentary mechanics. Analysis and interpretation of facies and depositional systems. Introduction to seismic facies and basin analysis.

EART125

Statistics and Data Analysis in the Earth Sciences

Introduction to analytical methods, such as univariate and multivariate statistics, cluster analysis and ordination, and maximum likelihood estimation, using a conceptual approach. Introduction to analysis and programming using the R software package.