TEACHING AT SUNY BROCKPORT

I teach courses related to surficial processes, the physical forces and chemical reactions that operate on the Earth's surface.  My interests relate to landscape evolution processes over geologic timescales.  I started teaching here in the Fall 1997 after 15 years of geological research at the Louisiana Geological Survey and the LSU Institute for Environmental Studies.  Courses I presently teach include

GEL 408 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
GEL 411 STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY

GEL 415 GEOMORPHOLOGY

ESC 455 SOIL SCIENCE

GEL 363  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

GEL 362 ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES ISSUES

ESC 391 WRITING IN THE EARTH SCIENCES

ESC 492 SEMINAR IN EARTH SCIENCES PROBLEMS



GEL 408 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

FRACTURES


Covers the principles of mechanical behavior of rocks during deformation; theories of origin of major and minor rock structures (folds, faults, rock cleavage, etc.) and their relationships to each other; and plate tectonics models for some major crustal structures. Emphasizes in the laboratory techniques of analyzing and solving three-dimensional problems, and gathering structural data in the field.

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GEL 411 STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY

chimney

Covers the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sedimentary materials; sedimentary environments and geologic time; and the application of stratigraphic principles to a variety of problems involving sedimentary rocks in the geologic record.  Employs techniques and instruments used in stratigraphy and sedimentology.

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 GEL 415 GEOMORPHOLOGY

geomorph
 

This course provides students interested in the Earth Sciences with problem solving skills in the areas of surficial processes and the geologic evolution of landforms.  The laboratory portion of the course is integrated with the lecture to provide a hands-on experience to develop relevant skills in landform analysis.

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glacial



ESC 455 SOIL SCIENCE

soils


The formation, properties and characterization of soils, especially those found in New York state; measurement of physical and chemical properties in field and classroom; management, conservation, and applications of soil survey.


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GEL 363  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

flood

Human interaction with the geologic environment; response of land and water systems; strategies of mitigation and management; emphasis on recognizing natural system behavior; developing solutions to current environmental questions.

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GEL 362 ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES ISSUES


energy


The significance of energy and mineral resources to modern social, economic, and political forces. Current issues involving energy and mineral resources are addressed through local to global case studies. Participants discuss perspectives on energy and mineral resource development and exploitation, present use and management, and alternatives to current utilization practices.

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ESC 391 WRITING IN THE EARTH SCIENCES

This course covers the style and conventions of scientific writing including letters, memoranda, proposals, data reports, abstracts, as well as longer technical papers.  Emphasizes style requirements of major professional earth science societies and their journals.


Successful completion of the course will prepare students to



ESC 493 SEMINAR IN EARTH SCIENCES PROBLEMS

This course is designed as the "capstone" of an undergraduate's experience for all majors in the Department of the Earth Sciences.  It offers the opportunity and challenge to apply basic knowledge and skills to investigating a research problem in the earth sciences.  Students undertake a research project with assistance from a faculty mentor.  The project is developed from the research proposal stage, through data collection and analysis, to final oral, written, and online presentations of results.

This course is intended to prepare students to



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