Geology and Oceanography
Green River Community College
B.A. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. (Geology) University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D. (Geosciences) Princeton University
I teach geology, oceanography, and paleontology classes at Green River Community Colleges in Auburn, WA. Examples of my syllabi and class exercises are on line at: http://www.instruction.greenriver.edu/khoppe/
In addition to teaching, I have also worked as a paleontologists. My research interest focus on using isotopic analyses of fossils to reconstruct paleoecological and paleoclimatic conditions (http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathryn_Hoppe)
I have also worked as a professional science writer, and I have published three books about dinosaurs and other fossil animals under the Pen name of Charlotte Lewis Brown (http://www.harpercollins.com/cr-100068/charlotte-lewis-brown)
Website Content Contributions
Introduction to Science - Penny Histograms part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Overview: This exercise serves as an introduction to histograms. Students are given a short introduction to histograms in lecture and reading. They are then broken up into different groups of 3-5 students. Students ...
Poster Presentation part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students are required to do independent research on a topic of their choosing. They are then required to construct a poster that explains the main points of their topic using a combination of words and graphics. ...
Devonian Transformation part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students use the web to examine the biologic, geologic, atmospheric, and climatologically changes that occur with the evolution of land plants. This write up is a summary of web-based readings which the students ...
The Carbon Cycle & Global Climate Change part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
This is two-hour lab exercise based on computer data sets. Students examine records of CO2 levels in the atmosphere as well as annual temperature records for the US and the world.
Evolution of the Earth part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
Goals of class: To discuss the past history of Earth and its inhabitants. It examines how the geologic record can be used to reconstruct how we got where we are today, and how it can help us predict the future.