I am an igneous petrologist by training and an instructor of a great diversity of courses at Georgia State University and at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I strive to give students what they need for efficient learning. I try to create a fertile environment, free of criticism, where students teach themselves, each other, and me. To me teaching is about presenting the current state of the subject, introducing theorems and paradigms (carefully for the faint of heart), and empirical concepts that can be integrated into their own life experiences. Critical thinking and encouraging questions on how this knowledge is integrated into real life situations are crucial to the learning processes.
My research focus
My research in the origin and evolution of the Continental Crust. I use individual phase geochemistry techniques to explore the PT-X conditions at the time of crystallization. I have currently active projects in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Georgia and Montana.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND INTEREST
PHOTOGRAPHY AND ALL FORMS OF ART
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” -Ansel Adams
HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING
Hobbies and other interests
I can not get enough cycling in the week. It has become an obsession.
This is intertwined with my desire to study volcanic regions with difficult access.
Equality and inclusion in the Geosciences
Making the geosciences a discipline that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just is core to my research and teaching goals as an educator. I see this as a learning journey where I seek to continue to grow my own understanding and skills to support all students to achieve their full potential. We cannot continue to miss the extraordinary untapped talent that URM students bring to the geosciences. We must do better and doing better requires us to all work towards transformative change in our departments and campuses.
inclusion and equity in academic settings
I WILL LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU