Laura Wetzel

Marine Science

Eckerd College

Laura Reiser Wetzel, Professor of Marine Science and Geosciences, joined the Eckerd College faculty in 1997.  She teaches a wide variety of courses, including introductory Geological Oceanography, mid-level Earth Materials, and upper-level Earth Structure, Principles of Hydrology, and Solid Earth Geophysics.  She studies mid-ocean ridge tectonics, and is particularly interested in submarine hydrothermal systems.

Before teaching at Eckerd, a small liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Florida, she earned a bachelor's degree at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and a doctoral degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Activities (10)

Scorpions as Seismologists part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Students investigate how seismologists and scorpions use wave travel times to locate sources of movement. The primary strength of this exercise is that it links geophysics and biology to enhance interest for ...

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Earthquake! A Term Paper and Presentation Assignment part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
In this writing and oral presentaion assignment, students are challenged to assess a building site for a fictitious organization, the Society for Earthquake Enthusiasts. Each student must choose a historically ...

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Geological Oceanography One-Page Papers part of Data, Simulations and Models:Online Data Sets 2015:Activities
Each student in the Geological Oceanography class writes a series of one-page papers for topics throughout the semester, presents one topic as a 3 to 5 minute oral presentation, and revises all papers as a ...

What Kind of Continental Margin am I? Active or Passive? part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Volcanoes, earthquakes, and topography reveal whether a continental margin is active or passive. In this activity, students use the GeoMapApp tool to work with earthquake, volcano, and topographic data to identify ...

Profiling Earth's Surface using GeoMapApp part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
In this exercise, students relate large-scale features on Earth's surface to lithospheric plates, the underlying asthenosphere, earthquakes, and volcanoes. After creating a cross section showing elevation using GeoMapApp, students add additional features by hand.

News Flash: MARGINS Discovery Student Presentations part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Students describe MARGINS research results in a two to four minute oral class presentation. The assignment is appropriate for any class that covers topics related continental margins.

Coriolis Effect Activity part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
The Coriolis Effect is the deflection of moving objects when they are viewed in a rotating reference frame. In oceanography, we are most interested in how the Coriolis Effect moves winds and ocean currents on the ...

Crossword Puzzles to Review Mineral Concepts part of Mineralogy:Activities
Students complete a crossword puzzle to review the physical properties of minerals that are helpful in hand specimen identification. Mineral names and characteristics are particularly well-suited for a crossword format. Two versions are provided, one at an introductory level and one for more advanced undergraduates. Instructor files provided are easy to customize.

Periodic Table of the Elements Activity part of Geochemistry:Activities
Students work in groups to create the Periodic Table of the Elements in class using cards that they completed as homework. This is meant as a review of the Periodic Table and a direct illustration of how Dmitri ...

Earthquake Magnitude: How Can We Compare the Sizes of Earthquakes? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate and graph seismic wave amplitude and energy release to explore the logarithmic scale of earthquake magnitude.

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Solid Earth Geophysics part of Course Design:Goals Database
An introduction to the quantitative analysis of Earth structure and plate tectonics using earthquake seismology, seismic reflection and refraction, gravity, magnetics, and heat flow.

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Is It a Mineral? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College Course: Earth Materials 15 to 20 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The Activity I give six or seven objects to ...


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