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Teaching

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
- Anonymous

Recently taught courses include
GEOL 1000 Earth System Science: Introduction to the nature and evolution of the solid Earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere and solar system. Emphasizes interdisciplinary thought and research.

GEOL 1001 Introduction to the Earth Sciences: Composition, structure and evolution of the earth. Interactions of lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Relations of geologic systems, hazards, and resources to human environment and future.

GEOL 2101 Physical Geology: Nature and distribution of earth materials, the processes by which the materials are formed and altered, and the nature and development of the landscape.

GEOL/ENSC 2210 Environmental Geology: The interaction between geologic processes and human society. Topics include rock, mineral, water, and energy resources, volcanic hazards, earthquakes, landslides, floods, erosion, coastal processes, plate tectonics, geologic time, pollution problems and environmental management.

GEOL/ENSC 2211 Environmental Geology Laboratory: Hands-on investigation of topics including earth materials (minerals, rocks and soils), groundwater, water chemistry, earthquakes, and landslides.

GEOL 3011 Foundational Earth Science: Emphasizes a system approach to the study of Earth Science through investigations of the solid Earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere and solar system. Designed to prepare teachers for the CSET General Science Subtest in Earth and Planetary Science with the goal of obtaining a Foundational Science Credential.

GEOL 3012 Foundational Earth Science Laboratory: Laboratory investigation of integrated Earth System Science including geology, atmosphere, oceanography and the solar system. Designed to prepare teachers for the CSET General Science Subtest in Earth and Planetary Science with the goal of obtaining a Foundational Science Credential.

GEOL 3040 Meteorology: Utilization of physical science principles in the study of the structure and circulation of the atmosphere; weather and weather forecasting. Emphasis on aspects of interest to the prospective or in-service teacher.

GEOL 3060 Exploration of the Solar System: Comprehensive survey of the formation and structure of the solar system from the Earth Science perspective. Emphasis on results of recent planetary missions. Planets, moons, comets, asteroids, the Sun, and the origin and search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Emphasis on the evolution, structure, and geology of planets and composition of planetary atmospheres.

GEOL 3601 Mineralogy and Optical Crystallography: Principles of mineralogy, crystal symmetry, structure, and chemistry. Elements of optical crystallography utilizing indicatrix theory. Laboratory emphasizes physical properties and identification of minerals in hand sample and thin section.

GEOL 3701 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology: Characteristics, phase relations, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Plate-tectonic setting of magmatism and metamorphism. Laboratory emphasizes rock classification based upon hand-lens and microscopic examination of mineralogy and texture.

GEOL 4130 Survey of Geochemistry: Chemical evolution of the universe and earth, chemistry of rock formation, hydrothermal solutions and weathering. Isotopes and trace elements.

GEOL 4200 Introduction to Planetary Science: Introduction to the formation and origin of the solar system. Celestial mechanics, stellar evolution, meteoritics, planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres, moons, asteroids, comets, extraterrestrial life.

GEOL 4850 Geological Field Studies in Hawaii: Field study of geological features and processes of the Hawaiian Islands. Volcanism, coastal processes, geomorphology.

GEOL 6620 Advanced Topics: Isotope Geochemistry, Planetary Geology, Planetary Science.

GEOL 6412 Advanced Topics with Laboratory: Advanced Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology.