Tim White

Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Dr. Tim White received his M.S. in Geology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1989. After nearly five years in environmental/hydrogeologic consulting he returned to Penn State and completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences in 1997. After three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Iowa and equal time with the U.S. Geological Survey-Anchorage, he returned to Penn State as a research faculty member in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and Department of Geosciences. His research and teaching include paleoclimatological reconstructions from the marine and terrestrial realms as well as studies of modern Critical Zone processes. He currently serves as the national coordinator for the Critical Zone Observatory program.

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Course Modules (7)

Unit 3.1 - Geology and Geomorphology part of Critical Zone Science
The basic concepts of geology will be considered to address the widely ranging textures and compositions of rocks and sediments formed in a wide range of environments. These variations in turn can affect soil ...

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Unit 3.2 - Landforms and Remote Sensing part of Critical Zone Science
In this unit, geomorphic environments and the processes that can move and shape them are explored to learn about the links between landforms, soils, and the Critical Zone. The fundamentals of geomorphology are ...

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Module 1: CZ Background part of Critical Zone Science
Timothy White (Pennsylvania State University) Summary and Overview In this module, students are introduced to the Critical Zone as a complex system that requires directed transdisciplinary study to understand: as ...

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Module 3: Critical Zone Architecture and Evolution part of Critical Zone Science
Timothy White (Pennsylvania State University) Summary and Overview CZ science encompasses a wide range of scientific disciplines and is a truly transdisciplinary science. In some instances, well experienced and ...

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Unit 1.3 - Systems Models part of Critical Zone Science
The term "Earth system science" is typically used to describe the science (especially quantitative modeling) of the interactions between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere, and biosphere---the ...

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Unit 1.2 - Role of Soil part of Critical Zone Science
The focus on soil in this unit is accomplished by browsing and reading or browsing (in some detail) information from nine websites as well as a book chapter. This effort will help students to understand issues ...

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Unit 1.1 - CZ Overview part of Critical Zone Science
The Critical Zone encompasses the external or near-surface Earth extending from the top of the vegetation canopy down to and including the subsurface zone of freely circulating fresh groundwater. Complex ...

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Activities (2)

Paleoclimate influence on landscape evolution part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Activities
In this activity we work students through a series of simple activities that allow them to recognize modern landforms in Alaska as existing in a central PA landscape to conclude that at some time in the past PA ...

Selected technical tools approaches for real and virtual fieldwork part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Tuesday
Participants will play with a number of technical tools (primarily free or inexpensive smartphone and tablet apps) for accessing information about field sites and for documenting characteristics of those sites in ...

Essay (1)

Tim White, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Essays
From your experience, what practices make for excellent online Earth Science learning? First and most importantly is to have a well-designed and considered curriculum - evolved as you teach. In other words, work ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Implementing InTeGrate Critical Zone Science materials in an undergraduate geoscience curriculum part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The InTeGrate course "Introduction to the Critical Zone Science" was developed by an interdisciplinary team from a variety of institutions to introduce and examine the life-sustaining services and ...

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Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Eastern Section

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