As Academic Laboratory Manager for the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University, Laurel Goodell develops laboratory curricula, teaches lab sections, leads field trips, trains and supervises graduate student teaching assistants, and works with several professional development programs for school teachers.
Analyzing your Hometown Stream using On-line USGS NWIS Data part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students analyze discharge records of streams or rivers of interest to them using on-line USGS NWIS data.
Tracking Tectonic Plates Using Two Independent Methods part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use two independent methods to determine relative plate motions across a plate boundary. They find that plate tectonic theory generally holds up but also discover sophisticated detail (e.g. velocities aren't constant, internal deformation of plates occurs). NOTE: this activity is currently being updated and enhanced. Please contact the author for more information.
Using Google Earth to Explore Plate Tectonics part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:Teaching with Google Earth:Examples
Students are introduced to Google Earth, and then start by exploring the major physiographic features of the continents and seafloor. They then use a kmz file, compiled by the author, which includes layers showing seafloor age, locations and depths of 20 years worth of large earthquakes, USGS dynamically updated near-real time earthquakes, volcano locations, "hot-spot" tracks with age dates, and the Bird (2003) plate boundary model. A guided exploration of these data serves as an introduction to plate tectonics - including the general characteristics of plates and plate boundaries, and the use of seafloor age and "hot spot" tracks to determine long-term average rates of plate motion.
Geomorphology: Were Earth-like river processes ever present on Mars? part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Laurel Goodell, Summary Students compare rivers on Earth to channel-like features on Mars, and consider whether Earth-like river processes were ever present on Mars. Context Type and level of course Entry level ...
Using GPS data to analyze crustal strain -or- Where is the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates? part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
The San Andreas fault in California is typically called upon to mark the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates. This activity tests this assumption by investigating crustal strain in southern California. Part A has students analyze by hand GPS time-series data from three stations in southern California, and plot a strain ellipse that characterizes the crustal strain in the triangular area defined by the three stations. Part B introduces students to Matlab code that does the same thing, and sets them loose to plot numerous strain ellipses to in the larger study area. Part C has students interpret their results in the context of the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates, and compare their results to other data such as seismicity and recently active faults.
GEO235: The Physical Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is an introduction to physical geology and geological processes. Topics include earth materials and structure, geologic time, internal and surface processes, and current issues in geoscience research. In lab, students apply concepts learned and systematically traverse the geology of New Jersey from Coastal Plain to the Appalachians.
Reinventing the Introductory Geology Course for Engineering and Other Quantitatively-able Students part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
Laurel Goodell, Geosciences, Princeton University Our fairly traditional GEO203: Physical Geology had for years served as entry into the department. However, enrollment in the course had been steadily declining; ...
Emphasizing the science in geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Emphasizing the Science in Geoscience Laurel Goodell, Geosciences, Princeton University Geoscience was not part of the curriculum when I went through the New Jersey public schools. Things have certainly improved ...
Tracking Tectonic Plates Using Two Independent Methods part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activity Supplement Collection
Laurel Goodell, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University.This page is a supplement to the original activity description found hereShort description of the activity:Students come to this activity familiar ...