Nicholas Soltis

Auburn University Main Campus

I am an Earth System Science PhD Candidate at Auburn University.  My research employs quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to understand teaching and learning about the Earth system and the development of Earth systems thinking skills in undergraduate students. In particular, my research aims to develop tools to measure students' Earth systems thinking skills.  My research is largely shaped by my own background and interests in biogeochemistry, geobiology, medical geology, and paleosciences as well as my time spent teaching middle school science.  

Twitter: @NickASoltis  

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Conference Presentations (4)

Using Student Drawings of Biogeochemical Cycles to Explore Systems Thinking Abilities part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
Biogeochemical cycles are the fundamental component connecting all parts of the Earth system. Cycling of elements like carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus involves multiple fluxes and reservoirs through all components ...

Using Galvanic Skin Sensors to Measure Engagement and Learning Outcomes During Teacher Workshops and Undergraduate Classes about Climate Science part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Climate science is a complex topic that requires system-level thinking and the application of general science concepts. Identifying techniques to improve climate literacy and learning gains is an emerging research ...

Understanding Undergraduate Student Conceptions about Biogeochemical Cycles and the Earth System part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
Research has shown the highest level of understanding in the geosciences to be the ability to think about the Earth as a dynamic system (Stokes 2011). The Earth System contains four spheres: the geosphere, the ...

Understanding Student Engagement while Using an Augmented Reality Sandbox part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday B
Augmented reality (AR) sandboxes are becoming more and more prevalent in undergraduate geology lab settings. This tool is useful in helping students develop a three dimensional understanding of topographic maps ...