Jeffrey Ryan

School of Geosciences, Geology

University of South Florida

Professor of Geology at the University of South Florida.  Founding Chair  of the USF School of Geosciences, 2013-2015.  Chair of USF Department of Geology, 2009-2013.  NSF-DUE Program Director for geosciences 2003-2005.  

Domain geoscience research interests: subduction and collision, from a geochemical/petrological perspective; studies of the petrogenesis and geochemical cycles of subduction channels, past and present, and the phenomena of subduction initation.  Testing models for subduction recycling on a range of scales.  Geochemical systematics of "fluid-mobile" elements and isotopic systems. 

Geoscience Education interests: undergraduate research in courses and curricula; models for sustainable geoscience CUREs.  Impacts of the classroom use of research instrumentation in geoscience courses.  "Big" geo-data applications in courses, using Google Earth and like native GIS tools. Examining the educational impact of video animations of deep-earth processes on introductory and upper level students.   Avant-garde strategies for dissemination of educational practices and resources.  And helping establish community consensus on undergraduate and graduate geoscience curricula.


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Activities (3)

An In-Class Demonstration and Activity Using the FCAEM Remotely Operable Electron Microprobe part of Geochemistry:Activities
This activity takes advantage of the full remote operation capabilities of the electron microprobe system available through the Florida Center for Analytical Electron Microscopy (FCAEM) at Florida International ...

Remote SEM Operation for in Class Observation and Identification of Mineral Specimens part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Tuesday A

Tracing sediment provenance from source to sink: Isotope records in the Bay of Bengal and Indonesia part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
In this exercise students examine data from a geochemical database to understand the link between source rocks and sedimentary deposits in the ocean, focusing on the Bay of Bengal in the context of the MARGINS Source-to-Sink initiative and contrasting these data with those offshore of Indonesia. This activity utilizes the online geochemical database SedDB, GeoMapAPP, and Excel.

Conference Presentation (1)

Using Research Instrumentation as a Teaching Tool in Geosciences Through Remote and On-site Operation part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday A
Remotely operated research instrumentation as a pedagogical tool in geosciences is the focus of this study. The goals of this intervention are to engage students in scientific inquiry and to further their ...

Other Contributions (5)

A Durable Collaborative Partnership with Our Community's Geoscience Employers part of NAGT:Our Resources:NAGT Blogs:Serving Our Communities:Blog Posts
This year marks the 20th "anniversary" for a unique and mutually fruitful partnership between the environmental employer community in SW Florida and the (now) School of Geosciences at the University of ...