Ph.D.: Rice University, Houston, TX
Academic Rank: Professor
Research areas: science education; Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry; Analytical Geochemistry
Teaching Areas: Petrology
Administrative Assignments: Dean, College of Science
In order to fully appreciate the diversity of rocks, how they originate, and how they evolve, it’s important to understand a continuum of influences ranging from small-scale chemical characteristics to large-scale tectonic influences. My class - Petrology: the study of the origin and evolution of rocks - is designed to allow students to develop such appreciation by exploring various learning activities that complement those taught by Dr. Yonkee in the companion lab.
As my career has evolved, I have become more and more interested in research related to improving student learning in a modern university environment. I continue to experiment with new approaches to learning, and have been developing more robust assessment mechanisms to quantify student learning improvments. My geological research interests involve petrologic and geochemical studies of the plumbing systems of ancient volcanoes, and how magmas interact with continental crust. Recent field areas include the White-Inyo Mountains of eastern California, the Henry Mountains of Central Utah, and various localities along the northern margin of Idaho’s Snake River Plain.