Cindy Shellito

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

University of Northern Colorado

Cindy Shellito is an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Her primary research interests are in modeling deep-time paleoclimate and geoscience education. She teaches courses focusing on themes ranging from paleoclimatology and global climate dynamics to mesoscale meteorology.

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Course Modules (2)

Climate of Change part of Climate of Change
In this two to three week module, students explore short-term climate variability resulting from atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions. The module promotes awareness of past and contemporary cultures and regions ...

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Unit 2 Deciphering Short-Term Climate Variability part of Climate of Change
Making Sense of Ocean and Atmospheric Data Depicting Climate Variability In this lesson, students will be provided with data depicting the cyclic changes in tropical Pacific climate associated with the El ...

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Activities (5)

Climate Around the World part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This exercise is designed to provide students with an overview of regional climate variations around the world and promote discussion of factors that create differences in climate around the world. This assignment ...

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Exploring the Link between Hurricanes and Climate using GCM Results part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Activities
This activity requires students to examine global climate model output available online and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students ...

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Modeling Early Earth Climate with GEEBITT part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Early Earth:Activities
This activity requires students to use a simple spreadsheet model to consider the roles of solar luminosity, planetary albedo, and greenhouse gases in controlling surface temperature in the present and during the ...

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Case Study 2.1 - Climate Variability in the Equatorial Pacific part of Climate of Change
This activity engages students in examining tropical Pacific pressure, sea-surface temperature, and precipitation data over a 10 year time span. Students work in groups to understand a data set, then debrief as a ...

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Case Study 2.2 - Climate Variability in the North Atlantic part of Climate of Change
This activity walks students through a data set depicting climate variability in the North Atlantic, associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NOA). Students examine anomalies of precipitation and pressure ...

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Courses (2)

Paleoclimatology part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
This course introduces students to the methods of paleoclimatology and provides a survey of major climatic events over the history of the Earth. The course incorporates journal articles and web resources to teach ...

Climatology part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Courses
This course is designed to help students gain a scientific understanding of the physical aspects of Earth's climate system and the factors that influence climate change. We explore the global balance of energy ...

Essays (2)

Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data Cindy Shellito, Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado Meteorologists and climatologists ...

Introducing students to the complexities of the atmosphere and climate system part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado As a meteorologist and paleoclimate modeler, nearly every course I have taught in the past five years has required students to delve into the complexities of the ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Curriculum & Student Assessment; Routes to Recruitment part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
After two years working in the Assessment Leadership Institute (ALI) at the University of Northern Colorado, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences faculty crafted student learning outcomes based on ...