Teaching


Geomorphology (EAS 4804/8824)

Why does Earth’s topography look the way it does? How has it changed in the past, and how will it change in the future?  This course introduces students to the quantitative study of processes that shape the Earth’s surface, including mountain growth, glaciation, channel incision, hillslope transport, and life itself.  This course is designed for students from a range of backgrounds, including geosciences, engineering, environmental science, and biosciences.  Prerequisites are a proficiency in mechanics, a basic familiarity with differential equations, and a willingness to make some measurements.

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Structural Geology (EAS 4200/6320)

How does Earth’s crust break and bend?  This course is designed for Earth Science and Engineering majors and graduate students interested in applying field and theoretical methods to understand the dynamic history and state of Earth’s crust.  This field is applicable to a wide range of natural and anthropogenic topics, including plate tectonics, seismicity, landscape evolution, groundwater and petroleum reservoirs, and mineral resources.

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Introduction to Environmental Sciences (EAS 1600)

What sets the state of Earth’s environment?  How will it change in the future?  This course explores four components of the Earth system — the atmosphere, the oceans, the solid Earth, and the biosphere — and how each component interacts with the others.  A central thread through this course is the response of Earth’s climate to various factors, including modern anthropogenic climate change. By the end of the course, students will understand the processes by which the dynamic Earth system operates, and will be able to critically evaluate the natural and anthropogenic influences on the environment.

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