Fall 2020

Section 0804 of PHYSC21
Introduction to Earth Science -- : Sep 03 - Dec 11 2020
This class will be conducted in a blended format that includes weekly Zoom meetings on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm. All synchronous meetings will be recorded & made available to students. The rest of the scheduled hours will be conducted asynchronously. Office hours and additional optional review sessions to be flexibly scheduled around students’ availability each week. This is a late start class. It will start two weeks late and it does not meet during finals week. Late start classes are open to all students.

Section 0924 of ENVS8
Introduction to Global Climate Change -- : Aug 31 - Dec 11 2020
Office hours and optional review sessions on Zoom to be flexibly scheduled around students’ availability each week. This is a late start class. It will start two weeks late and it does not meet during finals week. Late start classes are open to all students.

Summer 2020

Section 8121 of ENVS12
Introduction to Environmental Science -- : Jun 16 - Jul 26 2020
After registering for this class, click on the section number to find any available online course material.

Spring 2020

Section 4374 of ENVS12
Introduction to Environmental Science -- : Jan 17 - May 15 2020

M.S. Geology (Sedimentology), San Jose State University
B.S. Natural Sciences, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

The west coast is an incredible place in which to study or teach geology. We're also lucky to be living in beautiful Sonoma County, a mecca for sustainable agriculture and for delicious food. Geology and the environment are all around you! Enjoy!

Work and Consulting Experience

Environmental Consultant, Groundwater and Engineering Geology, 20 years

Professional Areas of Interest

I have a particular interest these days in sustainable agriculture. We live in one of the best places in this country to eat sustainably. I co-authored a sustainable agriculture learning module for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' Science Education Resource Center(SERC), a group that provide learning materials, classes, training, and support to geoscience educators. I also taught a class titled "Soil, Sustainable Agriculture, and the Future of Our Food" at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University.

I am 40-Hour Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response Trained, U.S. DOT HazMat (49 CFR172.704) Trained, and Lead Awareness Trained.

Professional Involvement and Community Service

CA licensed Professional Geologist

Member, National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Member, Advisory Committee to Board of Directors of the Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Volunteer, Village Network of Petaluma

Contacting me by email is your only way of reaching me unless I am in my office. I prefer to meet with students during established office hours. However, if my office hours do not work with your schedule, please feel free to contact me to set up an alternative time.
 

Presentations and Publications

Online Publication (Learning Module): "A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources through Local Decision-Making", National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), 2014.

Print: "My Favorite Demonstration: The Reason for the Seasons", National Association of Geoscience Teachers "In the Trenches" magazine, October, 2014.

Masters Thesis, San Jose State University, "Analysis of Sediment and Sedimentary Processes in Perennially Ice-Covered Lake Hoare, Antarctica."

Sarah K. Fortner, Hannah H. Scherer, and Martha A. Murphy (2016) Engaging Undergraduates in Soil Sustainability Decision-Making Through an InTeGrate Module. Journal of Geoscience Education: November 2016, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 259-269.

 

Presenter: Building a Strong Collaborative Team: Factors for Success, and Teaching with InTeGrate Materials in a 2YC Environment (co-presenter): Earth Educators Rendezvous, June 2015

SERC webinar co-presenter: Teaching about Soils as a Critical Resource: Materials and Activities for your Classroom, April 2016