James Ebert

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

SUNY College at Oneonta

I am a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, former chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and former Interim Dean of Science and Social Science at State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta where I have taught since 1985. First, as a senior member of the department and then as chair, I helped guide my department through a wave of retirements and other turnover events that have resulted in an 80% change in the faculty. My research interests include carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, Devonian time scale calibration and geoscience education, particularly the role of dual credit courses in recruiting geoscience majors and the use of models for representing abstract concepts in geoscience. I direct the Oneonta Earth Science Outreach Program (ESOP), which enables 26 high schools across New York State to offer dual credit geoscience courses. I created and host the ESPRIT listserv that connects over 2200 Earth Science teachers from 26 states and 3 countries in an online professional development community. I use this forum unabashedly to provide information on careers in the geosciences and the crisis in the geoscience workforce.

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Course Modules (4)

Exploring Geoscience Methods part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
This module gives pre-service secondary science teachers the opportunity to use and reflect on geoscientific thinking. The module begins with an exploration of how geoscience methods are similar to and different ...

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Activities (9)

Paleoecology Lab part of Paleontology:Activities
This activity gives students practice in identifying fossils in the context of assemblages and allows them to make paleoecological interpretations.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Courses (2)

Earth History and the Fossil Record part of Paleontology:Courses
This course is an overview of the history of the Earth with emphasis on how we know this history. Lectures focus on major events in Earth history and labs develop skills in observation and techniques used to ...

State University of New York at Oneonta: Laboratory Investigations in Earth Science part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities and experiences that will enable them to teach inquiry-based earth science. The focus is on the unifying concepts and processes of science as applied ...

Essays (2)

SUNY Oneonta: Workforce Preparation for Majors in Geology, Water Resources, Earth Science and Meteorology part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Essays
James Ebert, SUNY Oneonta As a multidisciplinary Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, we provide four majors for our students: Geology, Water Resources (hydrogeology), Earth Science and Meteorology. Each ...

Lithic literacy and the "forensic" methods of geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Lithic literacy and the "forensic" methods of geoscienceJames R. Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York, College at Oneonta My approach to teaching the methods of geoscience ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Exploring Geoscience Methods: an InTeGrate module for pre-service secondary science teachers part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
This InTeGrate module gives pre-service secondary science teachers the opportunity to use and reflect on geoscientific thinking. The module begins with an exploration of how geoscience methods are similar to and ...

Other Contributions (5)

Majors in Geology, Water Resources, Meteorology and Earth Science at SUNY Oneonta part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, SUNY Oneonta. Information is also available on the program website. Students in these programs are pursuing bachelors ...