Initial Publication Date: November 10, 2009

The Nature of Geoscience Expertise

This technical session at the 2009 Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, explored key aspects of geoscience expertise including spatial and temporal thinking, understanding Earth as a complex system, learning in the field, and integration of evidence across many scales of observation, methods, and sub-disciplines. The session was organized by David W. Mogk, Kim A. Kastens, and Cathryn A. Manduca and sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), the GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division, the GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, and the GSA Geoscience Education Division. (GSA's page for the session)



  • College Students' Unerstanding of River Processes and Features: Sexton, Julie M. (Abstract)
  • Integrating Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Hydrogeology, and Critical Thinking Through the Successive Interpretation of Subsurface Geologic Cross Sections: Lemke, Lawrence D. (Abstract)
  • College Students Development of Rock Identification Skills: Reid, Leslie F. and Sexton, Julie M. (Abstract)
  • New Course Develops Student Expertise in Geoscience Writing: Shearer, Katie, Elwood Madden, Megan E., Elmore, R. Douglas, Kyncl, Rhonda, and Eddice, Michele (Abstract)
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Contributions to Public Understanding of Science, Part 1: Programs and Workshop Series: Passow, Michael J., Turrin, Margaret J., Kenna, Timothy C., and Newton, Robert (Abstract)
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Contributions to Public Understanding of Science, Part 2: Web-Based Projects for Teachers and Students: Passow, Michael J., Goodwillie, Andrew M., Kastens, Kim A., and Brenner, Carl (Abstract)
  • Differences in Development of Spatial and Object Visualization Ability in Undergraduate Geoscience Courses: Harwood, Cara L., Ormand, Carol J., Manduca, Cathryn A., and Shipley, Thomas F. (Abstract)
  • Teaching About Energy with Online Materials from On the Cutting Edge: Kirk, Karin B., Manduca, Cathryn A., Myers, James D., Loxsom, Fred, Mogk, David W., and Bruckner, Monica Z. (Abstract)

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