The University of Montana-Missoula
I teach mineralogy and petrology at the University of Montana in Missoula. My research focuses on the integration of petrological and geochronological data sets to reconstruct physical conditions, timescales, and tempo of metamorphic processes. Research projects have ranged in timescale from the Archean, examining the old roots of mountain belts, to the modern U.S. Cordillera, looking at more recent mountain-building processes. Current field areas are in the northern panhandle of Idaho (Priest River and Clearwater complexes), the Bitterroot Range south of Missoula, and in the Precambrian Laramide uplifts of southwest Montana. I also have been the lead instructor and co-PI for a K-8 teacher professional development program in the physical sciences as part of the Big Sky Science Partnership (BSSP), an NSF-funded Math & Science Partnership program.
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Volcanoes Writing Assignment part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students write an original work of fiction pertaining to the geology of stratovolcanoes and their eruptive hazards.
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Teaching Geoscience Concepts with Google Earth part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This is an activity that was developed for a teacher development program to introduce the various ways Google Earth could be used to explore geoscience concepts.
What can zircons tell us about the Early Earth? part of Early Earth:Activities
This image shows an array of Jack Hill zircons arranged on a piece of tape prior to casting in epoxy. Details Students create U-Pb concordia plots in Excel to experience the methods used to date the worlds oldest ...
General Geology part of Introductory Courses:Courses
What are minerals? How do rocks form? Can rocks bend? How do we know the age of rocks? This course will explore these questions through a study of the fundamentals of earth processes and materials.
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When did plate tectonics begin? part of Early Earth:Key Questions about the Early Earth
Submitted by Julie Baldwin, The University of Montana Plate tectonics is a feature that makes planet Earth unique in our solar system. However, there is controversy over how and when plate tectonics begin. Most ...