Beth Pratt-Sitaula

Education and Community Engagement

EarthScope Consortium

Beth Pratt-Sitaula is an Engagement Program Manager for EarthScope Consortium and Research Associate at Central Washington University (CWU). She has extensive experience with geoscience and geohazard education. With EarthScope she is the project manager for GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues and The Math Your Earth Science Majors Need, maintains the Teaching Geodesy Teach The Earth site, and manages a variety of other education and community engagement activities. With CWU, she has been a PI on Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP) and EarthScope Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience (ANGLE).

Project Leader, Webinar Leader, Workshop Leader, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Project Leader

GETSI - GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues part of GETSI
The GETSI teaching materials feature geodetic data and quantitative skills applied to societally important issues (climate change, natural hazards, water resources, environmental management). These materials were ...

EarthScope ANGLE part of EarthScope ANGLE
Through a grant from the EarthScope Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), ANGLE offers educator professional development workshops and helps teach student academies for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). EarthScope ANGLE contributes to increasing Alaskan resilience to geohazards through education and the development of an action-oriented statewide learning community.

Website Content Contributions

Course Module (1)

Measuring Water Resources part of Measuring Water Resources
Measuring water resources such as groundwater and snowpack is challenging, but the advent of satellite gravity measurements and hydrologic GPS applications can augment traditional methods. This module gives ...

GETSI Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the GETSI curricular materials development process.
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Activities (14)

Plate Tectonics: GPS Data, Boundary Zones, and Earthquake Hazards part of Project EDDIE:Teaching Materials:Modules
Students work with high precision GPS data to explore how motion near a plate boundary is distributed over a larger region than the boundary line on the map. This allows them to investigate how earthquake hazard ...

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 (3)

Geoscience Field Issues Using High-Resolution Topography to Understand Earth Surface Processes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching with Online Field Experiences:Courses
The objective of the course is to train students in manual and remote sensing methods of topographic data collection, including 1) GPS/GNSS surveys, 2) structure from motion (SfM), and 3) ground-based (terrestrial ...

Global Issues in the Sciences--Living with our Earth: Earth science case studies from the Pacific NW and Himalaya part of Structural Geology and Tectonics:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
Seminar style course that explores basic geologic systems through the lens of better understanding natural and manmade catastrophes in the Pacific Northwest and the Himalaya and how we, personally and as societies, ...

Central Washington University - Pacific Northwest Geology part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
The course has a duel role of providing future secondary earth science teaching majors with more detailed geologic content knowledge of the Pacific NW (where most of them end up teaching) and providing them ...

Essay (1)

From the hyper-local to global: UNAVCO's vision for sustainability in earth education part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Earth Education for Sustainable Societies:Essays
Beth Bartel, Beth Pratt-Situala, Donna Charlevoix, and Shelley Olds, UNAVCO UNAVCO, a non-profit university consortium, operates the NSF's Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE). Beth ...

Conference Presentations (16)

The Math Your Earth Science Majors Need: Co-curricular Math and Statistics modules for Earth science majors courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2024:Program:Poster Sessions:Monday Poster Session
Quantitative skills are critical in Earth science and students need sustained and distributed practice to strengthen their skills. Applying quantitative approaches to Earth science questions enhances students' ...

Other Contributions (10)

Cascading Land Surface Hazards as a Vehicle to Engaging 2YC Students: Discussion of needs and opportunities part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2024:Program:Round Table Discussions
Although land surface hazards such as landslides and floods are typical fare in introductory courses, the idea of the hazard "cascade" with one event priming the pump for another is often missed. ...

Communities

Workshop Leader (23 workshops)

GETSI GSA 2022 Short Course Teaching SfM and GNSS Methods
October 2022
Mt SAC Short Course: Increasing the data, math, and societal relevance in introductory Earth science courses
April 2022
GETSI Virtual Short Course 9 Intro Water Resources
April 2021

Workshop Participant (43 workshops)

Webinar Leader (6 webinars)

Webinar Participant (27 webinars)

NAGT Awards and Nomination Process Info Session
January 2023
Compass: Discoverability, DEI, and Accessibility
October 2022
Inclusive communities of research and scholarly activities: some considerations for best practices
April 2022