Brendan Hanger

Research School of Earth Sciences

Colorado School of Mines

I am a Teaching Assistant Professor and Field Camp Director in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines,  Golden, CO.  My teaching interests include earth materials, petrology, field geology and introductory classes. Prior to Mines I taught at Oklahoma State University and Australian National University, where I earned my PhD in 2014. I am a regular reviewer for Teach the Earth and attendee at the Earth Educators' Rendezvous, where I currently help coordinate the Preparing for an Academic Career Workshop. I am also part of the NAGT Professional Development Committee.

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

Density Driven Flows part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This hands-on lab activity is designed to teach students about how density differences, due to salinity, drive the flow of currents in the ocean. It also helps develop skills in performing and designing simple ...

Mineral Structural Formulae & Stochiometry part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Share-a-Thon:Share-a-Thon Presentations
This is an Excel-based activity used in mineralogy and petrology courses to introduce the concept to determining the mineral structure formulae (or cations per atomic functional unit) from given mineral oxide data, ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Understanding ocean circulation using open-ended experiments in an introductory class part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Density-driven flow is a major driver of ocean circulation that we introduce to Earth Systems Science students using quantitative tank experiments. Recently, we added an open-ended activity to the lab – ...

Other Contributions (9)

Strategies for Teaching Intro Earth Science to STEM Majors part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2023:Program:Round Table Discussions
Many discussions about teaching introductory earth science focus on how to work with non-STEM majors but at a sizable number of institutions the majority, if not most students in an introductory class are STEM ...


On the Cutting Edge Activity Reviewer
152 activities reviewed

Workshop Leader (5 workshops)

Workshop Participant (55 workshops)

EER 2020 Teaching about Water Resources and Melting Ice Using GETSI
July 2020
EER 2020 Teaching Online
July 2020
Introduction to Course Design using InTeGrate Materials
July 2018

Webinar Participant