M.S. Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.S. Geology, Sonoma State University
40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training
Adjunct Faculty at SRJC, teaching Geol1 and Geol1L since 2005.
I didn't know I wanted to be a geologist until my freshman year in college. Since that first class, I was hooked. I have worked as a geologist for over two decades, most of that time as an environmental geologist. I have also worked in the oil and geothermal industries and in academic research. My education and field work have taken me to some beautiful places in Scotland, Antarctica, Minnesota, the deserts of southeastern California, Arizona, and Nevada, and the wilds of northern California.
In my work, I use basic processes of observation and critical thinking to figure out the extent of contaminants in soil and groundwater and develop effective remedial strategies. Environmental cleanup is expensive and never truly "done," so I'm a strong advocate for protecting our soil and water resources from contamination in the first place.
Here in California, geological processes affect many aspects of our lives, from where we build homes to the quality and quantity of our drinking water. One of my goals as a teacher is to raise students' awareness of geology as it applies to our daily lives and influences public policy.
After years of being a geologist, I still find geology fascinating and fun. It is all about solving puzzles. It is also a hands-on science, often leading practitioners to go outdoors and play in the dirt. What could be better than that?
Presentations and Publications:
2013. Russian River Water Supply System Field Trip Road Log, in The Geology of the Northern Coast Ranges of California, Fall Meeting of the Far Western Section National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
2007. Groundwater in Sonoma County: What Is It and How Do We Manage It? Presentation for the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. Similar presentations in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
2004. Groundwater Basics. O.W.L. Foundation public education event, October 19.
1988. Provenance and tectonic significance of the Lower Paleozoic Douglas Conglomerate, Northern Churchill Mountains, Antarctica. M.S. thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
1997. Discover Nature in the rocks: Things to Know and Things to Do. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (with others).
I will be teaching Geol1, Section 0927, and Geol1L, Section 0930, in the Fall 2015 semester. Course and office hours for the Fall are listed below. Please note the finals schedule for these classes:
Geol1 - Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10:00AM - 12:45PM (earlier than our regular meeting time)
Geol1L - Thursday, Dec. 17, 1:00PM - 3:45PM (earlier than our regular meeting time)
The final for each class is mandatory! Please make holiday plans accordingly!