James Ebert

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

SUNY College at Oneonta

I am a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and former Interim Dean of Science and Social Science at State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta where I have taught since 1985. First, as a senior member of the department and then as chair, I helped guide my department through a wave of retirements and other turnover events that have resulted in an 80% change in the faculty. My research interests include carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, Devonian time scale calibration and geoscience education, particularly the role of dual credit courses in recruiting geoscience majors. I direct the Oneonta Earth Science Outreach Program (ESOP), which enables 26 high schools across New York State to offer dual credit geoscience courses. I created and host the ESPRIT listserv that connects over 1800 Earth Science teachers from 26 states and 3 countries in an online professional development community. I use this forum unabashedly to provide information on careers in the geosciences and the crisis in the geoscience workforce.

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Activities (12)

Paleoecology Lab part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity gives students practice in identifying fossils in the context of assemblages and allows them to make paleoecological interpretations.

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Designing a sedimentary geology course around field-based class projects that yield publishable research part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Field-based research projects can be the heart of a course in sedimentary geology. Course content, organization, readings and laboratory experiences are dictated by the nature of the specific project. Less content ...

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Unit 1: How Do the Methods of Geoscience Compare with THE Scientific Method? part of Integrate:Teaching Materials:Exploring Geoscience Methods
This activity introduces geoscientific thinking to a primarily non-geoscience audience. This is the introductory activity of a module designed for pre-service secondary science teachers in a secondary science ...

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Unit 2: Climate Change, After the Storm part of Integrate:Teaching Materials:Exploring Geoscience Methods
The goal of Unit 2 is for students to apply what they learned about the methods of geoscience to complete an authentic and data-rich, lab-based activity to address the following problem: "To what extent ...

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Unit 3: Discovering Curricular Resources and Teaching Interdisciplinary Lessons that Incorporate the Methods of Geoscience part of Integrate:Teaching Materials:Exploring Geoscience Methods
This unit provides pre-service teachers in methods courses with resources for teaching geoscience content and utilizing the methods of geoscience. Pre-service teachers will prepare an annotated bibliography of ...

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Activity 2.1: The Issue part of Integrate:Teaching Materials:Exploring Geoscience Methods
Activity 2.1 motivates and engages students through the issue of climate change in a socioscientific context. This activity first assesses students' prior knowledge and then familiarizes students with a ...

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Activity 2.2: Issue Investigation part of Integrate:Teaching Materials:Exploring Geoscience Methods
During Activity 2.2, students download, organize, and analyze geoscience data sets of sea level trends, terrestrial ice sheet trends, and intensity of tropical cyclones as well as forecast models of atmospheric ...

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Activity 2.3: Constructing the Argument part of Integrate:Teaching Materials:Exploring Geoscience Methods
In Activity 2.3, students make an argument from evidence to address the problem: "To what extent should we build or rebuild coastal communities?" Students work as a team to complete a graphic organizer. ...

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Taphonomy Lab part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This lab introduces students to the many modes by which fossils may be preserved.

Rickard Hill Field Project: Peering Into Deep Time part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
In this field activity, students make observations of the texture, lithology and fauna of two limestone units and use this information to reconstuct paleoenvironments, how these environments changed through time ...

Class Research Project: Visualizing Large-Scale Earth Processes and Abstract Concepts part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Pre-service Earth Science teachers construct physical models and inquiry-based lessons using these models to help students envision large-scale or abstract concepts in Earth and Space Science.

Discovering the Principles of Relative Age Determination a Think-Pair-Share In-Class Activity part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
In this in-class activity, students are challenged to identify rock units and geologic features and determine the relative ages of these features without prior instruction in the classical methods of relative age determination.

Courses (3)

Designing a sedimentary geology course around field-based class projects that yield publishable research part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Field-based research projects can be the heart of a course in sedimentary geology. Course content, organization, readings and laboratory experiences are dictated by the nature of the specific project. Less content ...

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Earth History and the Fossil Record part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
This course is an overview of the history of the Earth with emphasis on how we know this history. Lectures focus on major events in Earth history and labs develop skills in observation and techniques used to ...

State University of New York at Oneonta: Laboratory Investigations in Earth Science part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities and experiences that will enable them to teach inquiry-based earth science. The focus is on the unifying concepts and processes of science as applied ...

Essays (2)

SUNY Oneonta: Workforce Preparation for Majors in Geology, Water Resources, Earth Science and Meteorology part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Essays
James Ebert, SUNY Oneonta As a multidisciplinary Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, we provide four majors for our students: Geology, Water Resources (hydrogeology), Earth Science and Meteorology. Each ...

Lithic literacy and the "forensic" methods of geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Lithic literacy and the "forensic" methods of geoscienceJames R. Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York, College at Oneonta My approach to teaching the methods of geoscience ...

Other Contributions (5)

Majors in Geology, Water Resources, Meteorology and Earth Science at SUNY Oneonta part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, SUNY Oneonta. Information is also available on the program website. Students in these programs are pursuing bachelors ...

Earth History and the Fossil Record part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course Supplement Collection
James R. Ebert, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta.This page is a supplement to the original course description found hereShort description of the course:This is an historical geology course in ...

Sedimentary Geology part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course Supplement Collection
James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, SUNY College at Oneonta.This page is a supplement to the original course description found hereShort description of the course:Field-based research projects can be the ...

Increasing students' comprehension of assigned readings and participation in class discussions through QRS - an active reading strategy part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Students seldom achieve the level of learning that we intend with assigned readings. Likewise, they do not participate in class discussions of these readings as extensively as we would like. Through QRS, an active ...

Theme Group 2: Earth Science for Secondary Teachers - Systems and Models part of Teacher Preparation:Workshops and Activities:Workshop 2007
Group Members Eric Pyle, History and Philosophy of the Geosciences James Ebert, Laboratory Techniques in Earth Science William Slattery, Earth Systems Jill Singer, Oceanography Sandra Rutherford, Methods for ...