Teaching

GEOL 100: The Earth

How does the earth work, what is it made of, and how does it change through time? Plate tectonics, Earth materials, landforms, structures, climate, and natural resources. Emphasis on the observations and hypotheses used to interpret earth system processes.

This course meets M/W/F 1:10-2:00 for lecture in 2245 Coover Hall, Spring 2019.

GEOL 419/519: Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry

This course addresses the chemical principles underlying the fate of solid, liquid and gas phase inorganic and organic contaminants during interaction with natural phases. Laboratory activities are designed to enhance understanding of coursework and expose students to methods in environmental monitoring, analysis and remediation. Additional topics include terrestrial environments, such as soils and aquifers, as well as an introduction to atmospheric contaminants.

The course is dual-listed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. It is cross-listed with ENSCI. It is offered in even Spring Semesters and meets T/Th 11-11:50 for lecture, and a lab Fr 1:10-3:00.

BIOL/GEOL/ENSCI 483/583: Environmental Biogeochemistry

This course covers the biological, physical, and geochemical controls on elemental cycling in the Earth system, with an emphasis on the dynamics of global change and anthropogenic perturbations to global biogeochemical cycles. Topics include the biotic and abiotic cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, metals, and water, and impacts of anthropogenic perturbations on these cycles across spatiotemporal scales, e.g. nanometer to global, and deep time to the present. Application of box models and principles of mass balance, kinetics, and thermodynamics will be used to analyze and predict system behavior.

This course is dual-listed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. It is cross-listed with ENSCI and BIOL/EEOB. It is co-taught with Prof. Steven Hall [EEOB]. This course is offered odd Spring semesters on MWF 10-10:50 AM in 334 in Bessey.

BIOL 487/EEOB 587: Microbial Ecology

Introduction to major functional groups of autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms and their roles in natural systems. Topics include: Microbial diversity, major metabolic pathways and their importance to the environment, microbial survival strategies, sampling and analysis of environmental microbes, microbe-microbe/plant/animal interactions, biomineralization, common clades and their roles in the environment.

This course is dual-listed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. It is cross-listed with ENSCI and MICRO. It is offered every Fall semester, meeting MWF 9-9:50 AM.