The geosciences dictate the physical rules of life on Earth. I let my students experience, explore and learn the systems that control, support and undermine life's existence on this very small planet. Personal, positive and place-based experiences are the key methodologies I use to rouse a smoldering interest of science into a flame of civic and natural responsibility for our wonderful planet - our home.
How do I go about accomplishing the feat? As a visual and hands-on learner myself, place-based labs, activities and explorations are frequent, as are relevant real-world examples of how to be geo-smart. When I do lecture, they are animated and littered with tons of photos from my vast field-study and hiking experiences. More importantly, fun, excitement and intriguing discussions are the order of the day!
Hiking & Photography (See Hikes Page)
When I am not actively teaching in a classroom, tinkering with projects or being a dad, I can usually be found out on the trail with my wife and son digitally capturing the many scenic areas that are in close proximity to our house. What originally started as a hobby and resource for better classroom lectures has been steadily morphing into a full-fledged passion, replete with gallery shows. I hope to steadily increase my photographic skills so that I may continue to bring inspirational scenes to my classes and to those who may want to hang them in their living rooms.
Turlock High Affiliations 2016-17
Awards & Honors
Geologic Field Guides & Published Contributions