Paul Kelso

Geology and Physics

Lake Superior State University

Paul Kelso is a Professor of Geology at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. I enjoy assisting students as they grow and mature as geoscientist and I am always looking for more effective ways to engage students in learning. I have incorporated problem based learning into many of my classes and often these projects have a field focus. My research interests, in addition to geoscience education, include rock magnetism and paleomagnetism which are often applied to tectonic problems. I am also involved in engaging high school students and minorities, particularly Native Americans, in field based geoscience activities.

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activities (2)

Using Geophysical Field Studies as the Focus for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in an Introductory Geophysics Course part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Using field geophysics projects as the focus of problem based learning activities in an introductory geophysics course provides students with the opportunity to work and think as geophysicists. Students are involved in all aspects of the projects including designing and conducting the field surveys, processing and modeling the field data and interpreting and presenting the results. These projects can be either a capstone experience or the focus of the entire course(as they are at Lake Superior State Univeristy).

Conjugate Fractures form in Clay part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Pottery clay deformed by uniaxial compression, with a standard hydraulic rock trimmer, produces conjugate fractures at approximately 30 degrees to sigma 1. This activity allows students to observe fracturing and its orientation relative to sigma 1. It also provides insight into the formation of conjugate fractures and their relationship to Mohr-Coulomb diagrams. -


Learning geoscience by doing geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Learning geoscience by doing geoscience Paul Kelso, Geology and Physics, Lake Superior State University As is the case with many faculty, my teaching methods and strategies have evolved over the years. I learned ...

Other Contribution

Using Geophysical Field Studies as the Focus for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in an Introductory Geophysics Course part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course Supplement Collection
Paul Kelso, Geology and Physics Departments, Lake Superior State University.This page is a supplement to the original course description found hereShort description of the course:Using field geophysics projects as ...

Events and Communities

Teaching Structural Geology Participants

Geophysics Workshop 2007 Participants

ITG Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop 2012