My main teaching rotation includes the following courses:
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 spring semester.
Geol 4475: Geologic Field Methods (proposed)
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. Course is offered only during May session in areas such as the Black Hills (South Dakota) or Arbuckle Mountains (Oklahoma).
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 petrographic microscope. Offered as there is interest, generally in fall semester.
Past courses include:
Geol 1040: Freshman Seminar: Natural Disasters & Civilization
This course will examine natural disasters (such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, land slides, and meteorite impacts) from a geological viewpoint and then look at their effects on civilizations, cities, and life. The fundamentals of geological time and plate tectonics are used as a framework to study and discuss geological processes and effects of volcanoes earthquakes, mass wasting, floods, droughts, severe weather, and the extinction of species. Selected events will be used to study disasters caused by these processes on human civilizations and biological species.
Geol 1058: Global Environment
The main goal of this course will be to explore issues related to global environmental health in the context of a growing human population and its impact on natural Earth systems through increased land use, increased resource consumption, climate change, habitat loss, and biodiversity loss. We will study general types of change operating on the planet, and how these changes affect the environment in which we live. We will look at the causes behind these issues from a scientific point of view, and then address their ethical and cultural underpinnings.
Geol 1110: Introduction to Geology & Earth Systems
Comprehensive survey of Earth's composition, structure, and dynamics to develop an understanding of internal processes, plate tectonics, and surface processes as a framework for geological history and development of life. Generally taught fall semester.