California University of Pennsylvania
I received my BS in Geology with a minor in Hydrogeology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in May 2000. After a year in the work force, I began a PhD program at the University at Buffalo, in the Department of Geology. My dissertation focused on novel approaches to calibration of large-scale groundwater flow models.
My teaching career began as a Teaching Assistant for the University at Buffalo Field Camp in the summer of 2001. In Fall 2004, I took on my first classroom teaching with one course each at University at Buffalo and Erie Community College. In Spring 2005, I took on the role of full-time temporary instructor at Buffalo State College where I stayed through the Spring of 2006. Later that year, I was hired as a full-time temporary Geology faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I remained for one year. In Fall 2007, I began my tenure track at California University of Pennsylvania, a state-owned, 4-year institution south of Pittsburgh, PA. I was hired ABD and completed my dissertation in May of 2008. I am still at CalU, having achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor along the way.
Our Geology program is a traditional BS in Geology, which went from a single faculty (myself) to a faculty of two in Spring 2013. The program continues to expand and evolve, especially due to our unique position in the robust energy haven of the Appalachian Basin. We've been fortunate to have students move into a variety of positions with energy companies in natural gas and coal, environmental firms serving those energy interests, and geotechnical firms helping to develop our region. In addition, several students have moved on to graduate programs around the country. I am fortunate to work at a school where the students work hard, they have an appreciation for the outdoors and working in the field, and my departmental colleagues are supportive of a lot of the crazy ideas I put forward to continue to grow the program.
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Tectonics of Fiction part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This writing project of our Tectonics course is assigned at the start of the semester and due near the end. It is a group project that encourages creativity, cooperation, and synthesis of an entire ...
Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This exercise is a lab exercise to introduce elevation, landforms, and topographic maps to Introductory-level students. It is used to convey the principles of land variability and the processes that shape the ...
The Scientific Method part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This assignment is designed to introduce the students to the idea and process of the scientific method. They are led to recognize that much of their own thinking is through the Scientific Method.
Measuring Sedimentary Structures for Paleocurrent Reconstruction part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
This is a combination field/lab exercise for an upper-level Sedimentology course. Students will use Brunton compasses to collect structural and sedimentological data. Orientation data will be analyzed using Rose ...
Google Earth Tectonic Landforms part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
This activity from a Geomorphology course is designed to familiiarize students with using Google Earth, as well as making the connection between features they see in a map or satellite view vs. what they might see ...
Lab 2: Attitude Calculations and Play-Dough part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This is the second assignment of the semester, but sets up the entire focus for the course. There is an introductory problem set from the Marshak and Mitra text, which will help the students develop work habits for ...
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Courses
EAS 423 is an upper-level course required for majors in Geology and recommended for majors in Environmental Earth Science at our institution. The main topis are recognition and description of sedimentary rocks, ...
Structural Geology (EAS 425) part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
Conventional Structural Geology course with a primary focus on recognizing and measuring structure. Considerable time is spent on graphical analysis of structures (3-point problems, stereonets, remote and field ...
Introduction to Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Introduction to Geology is a survey of the major topics within the geology discipline. There is a strong emphasis on solid earth principles and earth materials during the first half of the semester while the second ...