Science Building, Room D206
My research interests include the crustal structure of mid-ocean ridges, pedagogical techniques for using data in the classroom and the interdisciplinary applications of seismic networks. I am interested in questions about variations in the reflective characteristics of the Moho, the nature of the interface beneath the rise axis, and the material properties of the lower crust.
I am also excited to explore undergraduate research opportunities to locate and determine magnitudes of earthquakes using data from existing seismic networks. Solving for earthquake locations would allow students to build catalogues of earthquakes and use them to examine the temporal and spatial patterns of seismicity around the globe.
Teaching Philosophy and Interests
As a teacher, I am committed to the core tenants of communication, student-centered learning, and positivity. I strive to create a supportive environment that fosters student confidence and achievement by communicating the learning objectives for each lesson, frequently evaluating mastery of these objectives and misconceptions, and developing the students’ understanding of how the tasks will help them accomplish their goals. I feel that this gives them ownership of the process. I have made a habit of stating key points in multiple ways, recognizing that students have different learning styles, and embracing my job to work with them to discover how they can best achieve the learning objectives. I position myself as a facilitator rather than the gate-keeper of knowledge.