Montana State University-Bozeman
I am a metamorphic petrologist by training with long-term research interests in evolution of Archean continental crust in SW Montana, and in mid-crustal petrogenetic procescesses (migmatite formation). I have also worked on the surface chemistry of minerals using a variety of spectroscopic methods (Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Time-of-Flight SIMS), life in extreme environments (Lake Vostok ice core, Yellowstone acid-sulfate hot springs), and fluid inclusions of submarine hydrothermal systems. My interests in geoscience (and STEM) education began in 1992 in response to reading Project 2061 Science for All Americans (AAAS, 1989). My first NSF/CCD project was to develop an Environmental Geology Course Using a Question-Asking Problem-Solving approach. At that time I was concerned about the low level of participation by geoscientists in NSF education programs, and subsequently served as Program Officer at NSF in the Division of Undergraduate Education (1995-96). Since that time I have been involved with: teacher preparation (Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation); digital libraries (co-author of the DLESE Community Plan and the NSDL Pathways to Progress plans); geo-ed community-building events (Teaching Mineralogy workshop; Scrutiny of Undergraduate Geoscience Eduation; Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education; Using Data in the Classroom); discipline-based education research (Bringing Research on Learning to the Geosciences; co-editor Earth and Mind; NRC report 2012). I am recipient of the 2000 AGU Award for Excellence in Geophysics Education. I have also served on NSF Committees of Visitors, EarthScope Science and Education Committee, EarthChem Advisory Board, GSA Chair of Education Division and Education Committee, Associate Editor GSA Bulletin and American Mineralogist. I have recently been appointed as Head of the Dept. of Earth Sciences (a 3 year sentence), and thus my new self-identity.
North Central Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division, Geoscience Education Research Division, Teacher Education Division
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Workshop Leader (35 workshops)