BA Mount Holyoke College
MS University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD University of Colorado-Boulder
glacial geology, geomorphology, records of climate change
I am a geologist, and my research focuses on glacial geology, Quaternary history, and climate change. Students have worked with me as research assistants in Iceland and Maine, and also in my laboratory here in the Environmental Studies Department in Gettysburg. I teach classes such as Earth System Science, Natural Catastrophes and Geologic Hazards, Glacial Geology and Records of Climate Change, Geomorphology, and a first year seminar about the Geology of National Parks.
Investigation of natural and human induced climate forcings and scientific principles that cause climate change. Topics include volcanoes, greenhouse gases, glaciers, flooding, ocean acidification, and sea level rise. Climate change mitigation, communication, and sustainable practices are discussed.
Introduction to the natural environment and human interaction with it. Course examines the physical processes of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Topics include geological processes and hazards, water resources, waste management, energy and mineral resources, and human impact on global climate change. Lab sessions provide practical exercises on basic earth systems principles and environmental applications. Local field trips to environmental and geological sites are included. Prerequisite: ES 196 or one year of college science.
Introduction to glacial geology and records of climate change over the last 2 million years. Course examines basic glaciology, glacial erosion and depositional processes. Analysis of landforms is used to make interpretations of climatic variability. Climate records from ice cores and sediment cores are evaluated. Natural and human induced climate change is discussed. Alternate Years. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 223 or permission of instructor.
Investigation of geologic disasters and their relationship to global change. Course focuses on natural disasters that affect the surface of the Earth, including landslides, floods, El Nino, coastal erosion, sea level rise, droughts and desertification. The interaction between natural surface processes and human modification of landscapes are discussed. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 223 or permission of instructor. Alternate Years
Advanced study of an important national or global environmental issue. Interdisciplinary approach is used to analyze the problem from a variety of viewpoints in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students are responsible for a major term paper involving independent research. Topics differ each semester. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a minor or major in environmental studies or permission of instructor; and ES 196, 211, 223, 225, and 230.