Rick Oches

Natural & Applied Sciences

American Geophysical Union

Eric A. (Rick) Oches is Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at Bentley University. Rick's teaching and research interests have focused on Earth's recent climate history and human and environmental response to climate changes in the past, present, and future. Field research has taken Rick to diverse localities across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Argentina, Alaska, midcontinent United States, and Yemen. Rick's research interests presently focus on environmental sustainability and public policy to foster a more sustainable future in the context of population growth, increasing natural resource consumption, environmental degradation, and global climate change. Rick's academic interests increasingly center on Earth and environmental science education for non-STEM students to foster improved science literacy.

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Course Modules (6)

Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
This module addresses both aspects of climate literacy: understanding of climate science through data analysis and interpretation, and understanding of literary tools and techniques through which climate science is ...

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Unit 1: Overview of Earth's Climate System part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
Unit 1 serves as an introduction to Earth's climate system components. After exploring climate data, students are introduced to the natural processes responsible for global climate and how specific variables ...

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Unit 4: Read and Analyze a Short Story part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
Building on the work they did in Unit 3, students will perform an "ecocritical" rhetorical reading (the theoretical lens for examining the way that literary texts engage with climate and climate issues) ...

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Unit 5: Synthesis: Literary Representation of a Grand Societal Challenge part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
In the final unit of the module, students will synthesize their understanding of climate science and modes of communication. Students are assigned to groups and given a climate change issue that they will use to ...

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Unit 2: Communicating Climate 1: The Science of Climate Change part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
Using climate data, students develop a graph and present the result in a blog, emphasizing effective scientific communication. Students work individually or in teams to graph, describe, and explain the data sets in ...

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Unit 3: Communicating Climate 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
After being introduced to scientific communication in Unit 2, students will continue by exploring different literary representations of climate change during this unit. Students will analyze various kinds of ...

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Activities (5)

Unit 1: Overview of Earth's Climate System part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
Unit 1 serves as an introduction to Earth's climate system components. After exploring climate data, students are introduced to the natural processes responsible for global climate and how specific variables ...

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Unit 4: Read and Analyze a Short Story part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
Building on the work they did in Unit 3, students will perform an "ecocritical" rhetorical reading (the theoretical lens for examining the way that literary texts engage with climate and climate issues) ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Unit 5: Synthesis: Literary Representation of a Grand Societal Challenge part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
In the final unit of the module, students will synthesize their understanding of climate science and modes of communication. Students are assigned to groups and given a climate change issue that they will use to ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Unit 2: Communicating Climate 1: The Science of Climate Change part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
Using climate data, students develop a graph and present the result in a blog, emphasizing effective scientific communication. Students work individually or in teams to graph, describe, and explain the data sets in ...

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Unit 3: Communicating Climate 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
After being introduced to scientific communication in Unit 2, students will continue by exploring different literary representations of climate change during this unit. Students will analyze various kinds of ...

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Conference Presentations (2)

Toward Reciprocal Integration: Fusing STEM, Liberal Arts and Business Curricula in Undergraduate Sustainability Education part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
While a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is essential to meet the challenges of sustainability and ensure U.S. economic competitiveness, a strong STEM workforce alone is not sufficient to ...

Cli-fi: Teaching climate change using literature part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Poster Sessions:Thursday
As part of the InTeGrate program (SERC) at Carleton College, we developed a two-week module utilizing cli-fi (climate science present in fictional literature) and related climate data. Given the interdisciplinary ...

Other Contribution (1)

Teaching Sustainability and the Environment Within and Across Disciplines part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Morning Workshops:Sustainability
Sustainability challenges are often "wicked problems" that require a transdisciplinary approach to adequately define and understand. As such, teaching sustainability requires faculty to teach outside of ...