I have a passion for understanding how people learn, succeed, and what role evolving technology plays in how we will teach future generations in the geosciences


The role of technology in the classroom is forever evolving. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically influenced the ways in which we as educators teach, and also how we as life-long learners receive new information. The abrupt change in how we must communicate information in the classroom has pushed teaching institutions to explore virtual experiences and their effectiveness. This recent development has sparked a new interest - encouragement of technology and virtual experiences, not only to address current times, but to provide inclusive pedagogical methods in the geoscience classroom.

Google Earth Field Mapping Project in Cañon City, Colorado

This was a project led by Dr. Shannon Dulin (OU Field Camp Instructor) and Steve Adams (OU PhD Student). In a four-day period, we created a completely virtual field mapping project which was utilized for OU's 2020 Field Camp. Data ranged from basin-scale video overviews to grain-scale photos using a portable microscope. These data were converted into interactive stops in Google Earth, allowing students to navigate the region just as they would in the field.

Check back for the abstract and presentation on this project at the (virtual) 2020 Annual GSA meeting!

Virtual Field Trip : Geology of Guadalupe Mountain National Park and surrounding areas

This virtual field trip includes a stratigraphic section description exercise at La Luz Canyon, a complete walk-through of Permian Reef facies up the Permian Reef Trail in Guadalupe Mountain National Park, and many additional mini-lectures exploring and explaining basin-scale stratigraphic geometries, structural deformation associated with Ancestral Rocky Mountain orogenesis, and the infamous late Paleozoic algal mounds of southeastern New Mexico. Led by Dr. Lynn Soreghan, myself and Steve Adams (PhD student) created an online field trip with associated in-class assignments for an undergraduate-level course at the University of Oklahoma in Fall, 2020.


University of Oklahoma

GEOL 1034 - Native Science and Earth Systems (Summer 2020; Fall 2020)

I was responsible for converting the lab section of GEOL-1034 into an entirely online lab for both the summer and fall courses (COVID-19 Response). Responsibilities included developing multiple lab exercises compatible with virtual learning for topics ranging from rock and mineral identification, the water cycle, and climate change, as well as building a syllabus and lab schedule, creating and recording lectures, and grading all lab activities, quizzes, and exams.

GEOL 1104 - The Dynamic Earth (Fall 2018; Spring 2019)

GEOL 1114 - Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors (Fall 2018; Spring 2019)

Both GEOL-1104 and GEOL-1114 are introductory-level geology courses at OU. I taught multiple sections of both courses, with slightly different curriculum for majors vs. non-majors. As a TA, I utilized original lecture slides for lab instruction and was responsible for leading in-class exercises and creating midterm and final exams.

GEOL 3123 - Field Methods (Spring 2020)

I assisted the professor with grading, field trips, and classroom logistics. This course was interrupted due to COVID-19, therefore my responsibilities as a TA also included helping restructure final projects for online instruction.

Photo from New Mexico State University Field Camp summer of 2017. Camping location near Carson, NM.

New Mexico State University

GEOL 111 - Survey of Geology (Fall 2016, 2017; Spring 2017, 2018)

I was the Lead Graduate TA for the introductory geology courses at NMSU from 2017-2018. Responsibilities included leading weekly meetings to review lab topics, provide and set-up lab materials, and assist GEOL-111 TA's with questions regarding weekly labs. I organized off-campus field trips for introductory courses and was also responsible for collecting and reporting all GEOL-111 lab grades.

GEOL 495 - Geology Field Camp (Summer 2017)

As a 2017 Field Camp TA, I managed many field camp logistics including but not limited to: meal prep/grocery store runs, field and campsite gear, and ensuring student safety. I also assisted students in the field and at camp with mapping projects.

I was also a TA for the following courses where I assisted the professor with grading, field trips, and classroom logistics: GEOL 305 - Fossils and Evolution of Life (Spring 2018) and GEOL 420 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (Fall 2017)

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