I am trained as an igneous petrologist with research that aims to use geochemical data from analysis of volcanic rocks to characterize magma evolution in the crust prior to eruption. My research has focused on active volcanic zones in Iceland, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. My training has afforded me the chance to travel to many geologically significant locations and to meet and work with a lot of wonderful colleagues and students. Over the past 5 years or so, my academic focus has shifted to design and execution of educational opportunities. My own education was greatly influenced by learning in the field. There is no substitute in geoscience education. I work to provide field-based learning opportunities that are second-to-none.
Each summer I work for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as the director of the Ecuador Andes Volcanology Field Camp program. Since 2013, this annual camp offers three credits in three weeks for a senior level Field Geology course.
I also annually offer an introductory level Field Experience in Geology through the BGSU Office of Education Abroad. In 2014 and 2017 we went to Iceland, in 2015 we went to Galapagos, and in 2018 we are returning to Ecuador and Galapagos.
I have also worked as an instructor at the Ohio State University geology field camp in Ephraim, UT from 2013-2017.
During the academic year I am dedicated to teaching introductory geology courses. I use innovative techniques to teach my students about geology by taking them virtually into the field.
My field teaching has led to ongoing student research projects investigating volcanoes in Iceland and Ecuador.
I'm originally from northwest Ohio and earned my BS, MS, and PhD from The Ohio State University. I now work in northern Ohio at BGSU Firelands College contributing to the educational mission of my home state.