TEACHING AND OUTREACH

Teaching:
GEOL 202: Sedimentology and stratigraphy
Introduction to sedimentary processes, sedimentary rocks and the principles of stratigraphy, including dating, correlation and reconstruction of past environments. Offered every fall.

GE 430/630: Fluvial sediment transport and bedrock erosion
Application of fluid mechanics to develop a process-based description of sediment transport and erosion in both alluvial and bedrock rivers. Topics covered include: basic principles of open channel flow, dimensional analysis, initial sediment motion, bedload transport, suspended load transport, channel geometry, fluvial bedrock erosion, controls on river longitudinal profiles, bedforms, meandering, terrace formation, delta formation and backwater dynamics. Offered every other spring (odd years)

GEOL 710: Introduction to the UNR Geosciences Graduate Program
An introduction to the Geosciences program at UNR, including program requirements, resources, student clubs and some of the broader UNR benefits offered as part of a graduate assistantship. Finally, this class will provide tips on how to succeed in graduate school, including establishing a life–work balance, how to conduct literature reviews, how to plan a safe and productive field season, etc. Offered every fall. 

GEOL 740: Earth science communication theory and practice
Theory and practice of effective scientific communication focusing on writing, figure design, and oral presentations. This course is designed specifically for Earth scientists engaged in active research projects seeking to communicate their results with other scientists. Lectures and readings will cover theory and strategies of scientific communication, while students will use their own research to generate writing, figures, and oral presentations that will be peer-reviewed in class. Communication mediums covered include: peer-reviewed papers, proposals, technical reports, conference posters, conference oral presentations, and figure design. Offered every other spring (even years).



Public Outreach:

I regularly engage in public outreach designed to promote interest in science and provide education on topics in geology and beyond.  As part of my public outreach I have judged science fairs, led field trips for elementary and middle school students to a local river canyon, and participated in public lab tours.