For most of us, the best way to learn science is to do science. I incorporate real data and hands-on lab and field experiences into my courses at every level, and teach on river banks and outcrops whenever I can. I hope that every one of my students, whether or not they go on to pursue a science field, finish my courses with working knowledge of the scientific process and a deeper understanding of the physical world around them.
(VUW and U. Wollongong, PhD expected 2021; co-supervised with K. Norton, A. Dosetto, and J. DeSlippe): “An ecology of chemical weathering” – biologic controls on weathering and soil production in NZ
(VUW, PhD expected 2022; co-supervised with J. Howarth and K. Norton): Quantifying the post-seismic sediment cascade and its impact on river dynamics
Maia Bellingham (VUW, MSc 2020; primary supervisor): Spatial patterns in erosion rates across a climate transect in the Southern Alps using cosmogenic nuclides
Undergraduates: Marlie Malone (BS, U. Wyoming); field and lab techs Evan Soderburg, Jeffrey Frey (U. Wyoming); GEOG 325 Weathering team (VUW)
UC Merced: 2021-present
In the 2021-2022 academic year, I will teach:
- Fundamentals of Geology (ESS020)
- Geomorphology and Surface Processes (ESS120)
Victoria University of Wellington: 2017-2020
- Applied Geomorphology (GEOG 319), co-taught with Dr. Bethanna Jackson
- Geomorphology and its Application (PHYG 418)
- Field Geomorphology (PHYG 423), co-taught with Dr. Kevin Norton and Dr. Shaun Eaves
Colorado College: 2016 and 2011
- Geology of the Pike’s Peak Region (GY 135)
University of Wyoming: 2014
- Topics in Geology: Writing a Scientific Manuscript (GEOL 5200),
Additional teaching experience
As a graduate student at U. Wyoming and as a Paraprofessional at Colorado College, I served as a teaching assistant for a wide range of courses, from Field Camp to Sedimentation and Stratigraphy to introductory-level Environmental Science courses. This teaching experience included curriculum development, guest lectures, and teaching in labs and field settings.
From 2005 to 2008, I was an instructor at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. I developed and taught lessons in a broad range of science topics, from Forest Ecology and Geology to local mushrooms, amphibians, and stream invertebrates. I worked with school groups from 2nd grade through high school, weekend workshops for adults and families, and summer backpacking trips for teens.
Find out more about Opal Creek here. They’re a fantastic organization! *Update: The Opal Creek wilderness burned in the wildfires of 2020, and the historic town of Jawbone Flats (the heart of OCAFC) was largely destroyed. They’re finding a way forward, with the support of a lot of wonderful people. If you’d like to be one of those people, click on the link above to find their donations page.