The Earth Sciences is one of the most exciting and diverse disciplines in the field of science, and given future climate projections and energy needs, the demand for well educated Earth Scientists is ever growing.  This is fantastic news for future scientists, particularly those who enjoy the outdoors and want to pursue a degree that combines both learning and play.  The Earth Sciences is also unique in that no other field in science integrates more subjects, and because of this there is plenty of room for budding young physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, biologists, geologists, oceanographers, and geographers to make their own mark in the field.

My main teaching and research interests revolve around the broad fields of geology and oceanography.  I enjoy teaching a range of classes including general geology/oceanography to non-science majors, glacial geology, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, field methods, and geochemistry.  I am particularly excited about getting students into the outdoors and have a strong willingness to integrate outdoor learning into my classes, which is critical for providing a well-rounded geologic education.

Beyond the college classroom, I also enjoy engaging with the local community and schools with my graduate students and postdocs.  I have given several public lectures for local organizations and K-12 schools about the work I do and the exciting science that is happening in our lab.  Because the majority of my research is funded by state and federal agencies, I feel strongly that part of my responsibility as a scientist is to engage the community I live in and provide them with information about what we do as scientists and how our work is providing new and interesting insights into how our planet operates and what that means for them.  Anyone interested in having me visit their school or lecture for their local community organization can contact me by email at the address on my homepage.