University of Michigan

EARTH 111/ENVIRON 112: Climate and Humankind
Offered next: Winter 2022, second half of semester (March 7 – April 19) – IN PERSON
In 13 lectures we explore the connections between humans and climate, from human origins millions of years ago through the present, with an outlook to the future. This is a mini-course that runs for a half semester. Click here for the syllabus for Fall 2021 to get a sense for the scope of the course. Note that this syllabus is for the remote version of the course but the Winter 2022 is planned for in-person instruction only.

EARTH 144: Climate Change in the Age of Humans
This First Year Seminar explores how climate change and humans have influenced each other through time. Focus is placed on understanding the fundamentals of Earth’s climate system and the role of humans in it. The course explores examples of human-climate interactions through a series of case studies, with a focus on the primary data. Click here for the syllabus from Fall 2017.

EARTH 467: Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis – offered next: Fall 2023
This course provides an overview of the major concepts and tools underlying correlation, sedimentation, paleogeographic interpretation, regional stratigraphy and sedimentary tectonics. Students should take EARTH 305 prior to EARTH 467 if possible.  Click here for the Fall 2021 syllabus and here for the current schedule of topics and activities. Note: this course no longer meets the ULWR requirement. 

EARTH 531: Seminar for First Year Graduate Students – This course is required for all first year graduate students. It provides an introduction to the department, graduate school and a launch pad for your professional career. I taught this while I was Associate Chair for Graduate Studies 2018-2021.

In 2020, I joined a group of other faculty working together to consider the “Hidden Curriculum” of grad school in the geosciences. Michele Cooke (U Mass Amherst) led this group with a GSA presentation – Making the Hidden Curriculum Transparent through 1st year courses for geoscience graduate students in Fall 2020. We’re continuing this work with a NAGT Webinar on March 30, Graduate student onboarding courses: Exposing the hidden curriculum to help your students succeed, lead by Karen Viskupic (Boise State).

Johns Hopkins: While an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins I taught Sedimentary Geology and Geobiology and co-taught Climates of the Past and Environmental Field Methods.