Al Trujillo

Earth, Space, and Aviation Sciences

Palomar College

Al Trujillo teaches oceanography, geology, and geography at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California (near San Diego), where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Earth Sciences and co-Director of the Oceanography Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California at Davis and his master’s degree in geology from Northern Arizona University, afterwards working for several years in industry as a developmental geologist, hydrogeologist, and computer specialist.  Al began teaching in the Earth Sciences Department at Palomar College in 1990. In 1997, he was awarded Palomar’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and was also awarded Palomar’s Research Award in 2005 for work on his textbooks. He is a co-author of two leading college-level oceanography textbooks: Essentials of Oceanography and Introductory Oceanography and is also a contributing author for two Earth science textbooks: Earth and Earth Science. In 2012, Essentials of Oceanography, 10th Edition, was awarded the prestigious Text and Academic Author’s Association (TAA) “Texty” award for textbook excellence. In 2017, Essentials of Oceanography, 12th Edition, was awarded the TAA McGuffey Longevity Award.



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Activities (5)

Case Study: Coastal Stabilization Structures part of Oceanography:Activities
This ocean activity is used to help students analyze different solutions to a real-world case study of the problem of using various coastal stabilization structures. It is intended to be used as a small group ...

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Investigating Oceanographic Issues and Solutions part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Activities
Students explore an oceanographic issue and solutions in a discussion post (text or video), and provide critical analysis.

Having Students Create an Online Discussion Board Forum: Recent Oceanographic Info in the News & A Beautiful Question part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Activities
An online Discussion Board Forum is a great tool for facilitating student interaction. If done well, discussion boards not only deepen learning, they can also build class community, an essential element for ...

Using Predictive Demos in an Oceanography 100 Online Course part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Activities
Physical demonstrations of physical processes are a key component of most geoscience courses and serve to help deepen student understanding of complex processes. How does one do this for online courses? I filmed ...

Extra credit beach cleanup: Service Learning in action part of Service Learning:Activities
For this extra credit beach cleanup, students help clean local beaches for 3 hours as part of an organized beach cleanup event. This is also a Service Learning activity.

Course (1)

Oceanography 100 part of Oceanography:Courses
As a survey course, the content of this course provides a foundation in science by examining oceanographic concepts, including the study of geologic, chemical, physical, and biologic oceanography. We will learn ...

Essays (2)

Al Trujillo, Palomar College part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Essays
From your experience, what practices make for excellent online Earth Science learning? Education studies show that one of the key practices that makes for excellent online learning is to build a sense of ...

Using On Course Principles to Support Student Success part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
Palomar College faculty have recently received four-day On Course Workshop training on incorporating On Course strategies in their classrooms. On Course is a series of learning strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible learners. There is abundant data that demonstrates how On Course active learning strategies have increased student retention and success. Dr. Skip Downing details On Course strategies in his textbook, On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (Cengage Learning), which is used in college success courses.