I earned undergraduate and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, and a doctorate at Penn State. My scientific interests include Earth-system science, and my work has involved the use of numerical models to interpret geochemical records of ancient carbon cycles. I’m fascinated by complexity in natural and human-driven systems.
As a teacher I spend a lot of time puzzling over the best way to reach my students. At a minimum I would like them to understand and remember some of what I’ve taught them. The holy grail, however, would be to have them connect with the subject manner in a way that forever alters how they view the world. A bit ambitious? That’s just how I roll.
People who worry about this sort of thing- the hows and whys of teaching and learning- are engaged in the study of pedagogy. Very loosely defined, petrology is the study of rocks. I figure that makes my goal as a geology instructor- to imbue students with a sense of wonder at the workings of the Earth- a study in petragogy.
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