Laurie CantwellClimbing at Exit 38, Washington

Laurie Cantwell

Seattle, WA 98133
lbcantwell at

I started at SERC in the spring of 2003 working as a cataloger for the Starting Point project and have since taken on a few more responsibilities. I have worked on two different Cutting Edge topics; Using Data in the Classroom and Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations. Currently am creating and developing content for the DLESE Community Services Project Integrating Research in Education. I am thoroughly enjoying combining my background in geology with my interests in geoscience education and web development.

I recently completed my Master's degree in geoscience education at Montana State University. My master's research involved investigating the use of virtual field trips in earth science courses. As part of my research, I had a chance to use my website development skills to design a fun virtual field trip to a subdivision/golf course development site in Gallatin Valley. After getting hooked on research in education, I recently enrolled in a doctoral program in Cognitive Studies at the University of Washington. I look forward to continuing my research on virtual field trips and geoscience education.

When I am not working at my computer, I can be found rock climbing, downhill skiing (depending on the season!) and teaching and training in Taekwondo.


University of Washington - Cognitive Studies, Ph.D., currently enrolled
Montana State University - Earth Science, M.S., 2004
University of Puget Sound - Geology, B.S. with honors, 2000


Cantwell, L.B., Mogk, D.W., Locke, W.W., Custer, S.G., 2004, A Comparison of Learning by Integrating Real and Virtual Field Trips into an Introductory Environmental Geology Course, poster GSA Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado

Gorton, L.B., Clark, K.P., 2000, The Structure, Stratigraphy and Geochemistry of the Mount Tebo Area, Southeastern Olympic Mountains, Northwest Washington State, USA, Geological Society of America 96th Annual Meeting Cordilleran Section, v 32, no. 6., p A-14