Earth and Atmospheric Science
University of Houston-University Park
I am co-director of the University of Houston Geoscience Learning Center (http://www.uh.edu/nsm/earth-atmospheric/undergraduate/learning-center/).Â This is a tutoring center manned by teaching assistants.Â Â IN 2018, there were 71 TAs that worked here.Â In addition to tutoring, we offer interactive learning activities for any visitor including a virtual reality sandbox to explore topography, a river simulator, a ultrasonic velocity meter to measure seismic velocity, a PC platform with a suite of geophysical processing software, a GPU cluster for large data analysis and machine learning, a set of personal ozone monitors in addition to rocks, minerals, microscopes, computers and study space.
In addition, I am also co-director of the UH/YBRA (Yellowsotne Bighorn Research Association) field camp (http://www.uh.edu/nsm/earth-atmospheric/undergraduate/ybra-field-camp/).Â We run two sessions every summer open to any student.
I also teach Physical Geology every year to a diverse population of urban students who only take the course to fulfill a science requirement.Â Its a challenge to get them to love rocks as much as I do.
My research focuses on metamorphic petrology, tectonics and fluids specifically in the Caribbean and Alaska.
Website Content Contributions
Soils Mapping part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
Students collect a soil near their house or other location, analyze it using grain size, plot the locations and collectively create a soils map of campus or larger area. This exercise can be tailored for many ...
GETSI Interest Group
High Precision Positioning with Static and Kinematic GPS Interest Group
Earth Educators' Rendezvous Interest Group
Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources Interest Group
Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Teach the Earth
Workshop Participant (16 workshops)
July 2021 EER 2020 Art and Field Sketching
July 2020 EER 2020 Implementing Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Classroom