Teaching

My first forays into teaching were as a TA for two summer field programs in geology, through the University of Georgia (Interdisciplinary Field Program and Field School). During my time in Hawaii, I also taught two sections of GG101 lab and developed in-class experiments for the GG300 Volcanology course. To build on these past experiences, I will be taking a teaching seminar at Brown this fall, and I look forward to learning new ways to communicate science and become a more effective teacher. I’ve also become involved with DEEPs STEP, an effort by our department at Brown to engage with K-12 teachers and students at local Providence schools. We design and teach lesson plans that feed into the goal of fully implementing the Next Generation Science Standards recently adopted by Rhode Island.

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A group of students from my 101L class, on a field trip to Big Island, HI (I’m in my typical field tie-dye). They had a great time exploring pāhoehoe flows, lava tubes, the glow from Kīlauea’s summit lava lake, and petroglyphs carved by early Hawaiians.

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Students on University of Georgia’s Interdisciplinary Field Program (IFP) do several mini research projects, like this one measuring the stream health of Silver Bow Creek near the Superfund site in Butte, MT.

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As part of the University of Georgia Field School, students fan out along Skyline Drive in Cañon City, CO. They are looking for fossils, dinosaur footprints, and other clues that point to the age and sequence of the layers.

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Lava Beds National Monument is full of incredible drained lava tubes from the eruptions of Medicine Lake, a dormant shield volcano in northern California. Here, a group of students, a fellow TA, and myself explore one of the caves during IFP 2011.

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When your field programs travel across the country, home is where the tent is. Students analyze soil samples, write papers, help the cooks, and study together, by headlamp if necessary!