Earth, Space, and Aviation Sciences
Al Trujillo teaches oceanography, geology, and geography at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California (near San Diego), where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Earth Sciences and co-Director of the Oceanography Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California at Davis and his master’s degree in geology from Northern Arizona University, afterwards working for several years in industry as a developmental geologist, hydrogeologist, and computer specialist. Al began teaching in the Earth Sciences Department at Palomar College in 1990. In 1997, he was awarded Palomar’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and was also awarded Palomar’s Research Award in 2005 for work on his textbooks. He is a co-author of two leading college-level oceanography textbooks: Essentials of Oceanography and Introductory Oceanography and is also a contributing author for two Earth science textbooks: Earth and Earth Science. In 2012, Essentials of Oceanography, 10th Edition, was awarded the prestigious Text and Academic Author’s Association “Texty” award for textbook excellence.
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Case Study: Coastal Stabilization Structures part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
This ocean activity is used to help students analyze different solutions to a real-world case study of the problem of using various coastal stabilization structures. It is intended to be used as a small group ...
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Extra credit beach cleanup: Service Learning in action part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
For this extra credit beach cleanup, students help clean local beaches for 3 hours as part of an organized beach cleanup event. This is also a Service Learning activity.
Oceanography 100 part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Courses
As a survey course, the content of this course provides a foundation in science by examining oceanographic concepts, including the study of geologic, chemical, physical, and biologic oceanography. We will learn ...
Using On Course Principles to Support Student Success part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
Palomar College faculty have recently received four-day On Course Workshop training on incorporating On Course strategies in their classrooms. On Course is a series of learning strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible learners. There is abundant data that demonstrates how On Course active learning strategies have increased student retention and success. Dr. Skip Downing details On Course strategies in his textbook, On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (Cengage Learning), which is used in college success courses.