Teaching Hydrogeology, Soils, and Low-T Geochemistry in the 21st Century

June 5-9, 2013; optional field trip June 5
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Although the application deadline has passed, we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis as long as space remains available.

This workshop will bring together faculty who teach courses in hydrogeology, soils, low-T geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and upper level environmental geoscience to address questions of how to teach these disciplines most effectively at the undergraduate level. What innovative strategies can we use to integrate hydrogeology, soils, low-T geochemistry, and biogeochemistry into the courses that we teach for majors? How can we help students develop a more integrated approach to understanding processes and addressing research questions in the Critical Zone? What are the key geoscience principles that should underpin a major in environmental science or an environmental track in a geo major? What role can GIS analysis play in teaching these disciplines? This workshop will be an exciting collaborative effort that will address these and related issues in order to help faculty teach undergraduate these disciplines most effectively.

This workshop will follow the format of previous successfulOn the Cutting Edge "Teaching XYZ" workshops that address the individual disciplines themselves but that focus especially on the intersections and synergies among disciplines (e.g., Teaching Structural Geology, Geophysics. and Tectonics in the 21st Century and Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry in the 21st Century). Participants will also help to build and review the Cutting Edge online collection of teaching materials and resources.


  • Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College)
  • Gary Weissmann (University of New Mexico)
  • Devin Castendyk (SUNY, Oneonta)
  • Steven Driese (Baylor University)
  • Jennifer Roberts (University of Kansas)
  • Madeline Schreiber (Virginia Tech)
  • Gary Smith (University of New Mexico)

Go to workshop overview.

Corner graphic is Lake Eyre, an ephemeral lake in South Australia. Landsat 5 image, 5 August 2006. More info and full image.

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education.

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