Carla Whittington

Physical Science (Geology Program)

Highline Community College

I have a Master's of Science in Geology for Indiana University.  I currently live in the Seattle area and teach at Highline Community College.  My courses include: Physical Geology, Introductory Geomorphology, Geologic Hazards, Geology of the Pacific Northwest, Environmental Geology, and a number of small field classes.

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Activities (2)

Ground Shaking and Damage at Your House part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
In this activity, students use a seismic hazard map from the USGS to estimate the ground shaking hazard in their community. The map shows a 10% probability of ground accelerations reaching or exceeding a certain % of gravity within the next 50 years. They then adjust this value for the soil conditions that their house sits on. Once the acceleration hazard is determined, students equate that hazard to the Mercalli Intensity Scale and investigate the potential damage expected at their homes. Students also take into consideration housing types and the weaknesses inherent in different types/ages of structures.

The High Cost of High Tech: Environmental and Human Costs of Metals part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This module is intended for students in an entry-level Environmental Geology class. Students conduct independent research on metal and metal ores resources, including exploring the human and environmental costs of metal mining, consumption, disposal, and recycling. A series of worksheets, completed outside of class, guide students in examining their own use and consumption of metals, learn the true importance of metals in their lives, and the impact of resource consumption to the human community. Class discussion, based on student research findings, allows the instructor to highlight sustainable resource consumption and social injustice issues not normally addressed in geology classes.


Geologic Catastrophes part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Courses
This is an introductory-level lecture and activity based course focused on geologic hazards in the Pacific Northwest: earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Students are required to access the regional hazards and the personal risks to their homes and their communities from all four hazards. Student work is accessed in a capstone paper/project where they describe the regional/local hazards and evaluate their personal and community risk.


Earthquake Scenarios: Evaluating Potential Ground Shaking and Damage part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Real-World Examples
Carla Whittington, Physical Science (Geology Program), Highline Community College Summary The Pacific Northwest lies along a convergent plate boundary called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Within this tectonic ...

Events and Communities

Hazards Webinar January 2012

Hazards Webinar February 2012

Career Development Feb 2013 webinar (Intro Geo Labs)

GSA 2013 Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges

Risk and Resilience Workshop 2014