Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
A structural geologist, Phil Resor studies rock deformation with an emphasis on the geometry and mechanics of fault zones with applications to earthquakes, planetary science, and energy resources.
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Course Modules (8)
Unit 5: 2014 South Napa Earthquake and GPS strain part of GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes
The 2014 South Napa earthquake was the first large earthquake (Mag 6) to occur within the Plate Boundary Observatory GPS network since installation. It provides an excellent example for studying crustal strain ...
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Getting inside the black box part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2016:Teaching Activities
In this problem set students apply the finite difference method to develop a simple box model and then explore the impact of anthropogenic changes to the modeled system.
Structural Geology with Field Geology lab part of Teach the Earth:Courses
In this majors-level course students learn how to 1) collect data for structural and tectonic analyses, 2) synthesize and analyze these data to generate and test hypotheses, and 3) apply these structural and ...
Using numerical models to experiment with earth and environmental systems part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2016:Essays
Phillip G. Resor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University One of the challenges of earth and environmental sciences is that the physical and temporal scales of the systems often ...
Conference Presentation (1)
Building on-ramps to more effective teaching in tectonics part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Despite significant gains over the last two decades, there remains a large percentage of geoscience faculty who have yet to move toward incorporating engaged teaching practices in their courses. Following ...
Other Contributions (3)
Using Societally Relevant Problems to Engage Students in Structural Geology part of 2018 Structure and Tectonics Forum:Abstracts
Phillip Resor, Wesleyan University Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College , , , Most students in structural geology courses do not go on to specialize in structural geology or tectonics and this course is likely to ...
Teaching Computation in the Geosciences Using MATLAB part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Afternoon Mini-Workshops
This mini-workshop is for anyone interested in teaching computation: data analysis, algorithm development, or numerical modeling, using the MATLAB programming platform. The workshop will include hands-on ...
Phillip G. Resor: Using Earth's Thermostat in Dynamic Earth at Wesleyan University part of Earths Thermostat
My course is an introductory physical geology course that blends hands-on activities that might bet traditionally covered in a separate lab with lecture. I believe that an understanding of the climate system is important for my students in order to understand surface processes, and global change. The interactive and hands-on nature of the module led students to develop a clear understanding of Earth's radiation balance and the importance of the atmosphere in maintaining this balance. Students successfully applied this knowledge later in the semester when discussing temporal and spatial patterns of weathering and sedimentary environments.