Primary interests are in carbonate diagenesis, and application of carbonate geology to the understanding of petroleum reservoirs and aquifers. Past work includes analysis of early fresh-water diagenesis and mineralogical stabilization, mass transfer and cementation in regional fresh-water aquifers, the formation of microporosity in limestones, the origin of dolomite, early compaction phenomena, and the evolution of permeability with burial. Current work focuses on (1) spatial patterning in diagenetic products and use of reaction transport modeling to understand self-organizing processes in diagenesi, and (2) the evolution of nano-scale pore systems in unconventional petroleum reservoirs. Secondary interests relate to student affect (motivation, self-regulation, self efficacy, attitudes) in undergraduate learning, and measuring the extent of student-centered active learning in geoscience classrooms.
Diagenesis of carbonate rocks, dolomitization, self-organizing phenomena, rock-water interaction, reaction-transport modeling, carbonate sedimentology, porosity and permeability evolution, undergraduate affect in geoscience learning and teaching, measuring geoscience classroom practices, active learning strategies
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
FYSM 1100 - First Year Interest Group Seminar
Creates a First Year Interest Group by linking a small first-year seminar with an existing introductory course on a related topic. Each seminar section will be linked to a different course and students in that FYSM 1100 section must be registered for that course. There will be a different co-requisite course for each seminar section.
GEOL 1150 - Water, Energy and Environment: An Introduction to Earth Resources
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Explores how geological processes and human populations together affect the quantitfy, quality and availability of Earth resources. Includes examination of the water cycle and how humans use and modify water; fossil-fuel and mineral resources, and renewable energy options. Sustainable versus non-sustainable use and population growth is considered.
GEOL 3430 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Introduces the study of sedimentary rocks emphasizing their origin, characteristics, and interpretation; and the principles and techniques for establishing the temporal order and spatial distribution of sedimentary layers.