Teaching and Research Interests
- Environmental Micropaleontology
- Coastal Geology
- Ph.D. (2000) Geology, University of Delaware
- M.S. (1995) Geology, University of Delaware
My research and teaching have merged since I began teaching at UNC Charlotte. When I first came to the university my main research area was using microfossils, and specifically foraminifera, to solve environmental problems. Over the last six years I have expanded my research into geoarchaeology and earth science pedagogy. The latter included studies on how to improve the assessment of geoscience professors in the classroom and how inquiry based education can help students throughout of their undergraduate career.
There are direct connections between my teaching and research and, as a general education professor, my research has branched into the classroom. When beginning my career at UNC Charlotte my research focused on three fields of study:
- Increasing stratigraphic resolution in coastal salt marshes
- Quantifying the rate of sea-level rise along the Atlantic coastline
- Determining the frequency of paleo-hurricane strikes to North and South Carolina
These areas of inquiry are related to my interest in environmental micropaleontology. This is an important new field in which microfossils are used to solve environmental problems.
While I continue to publish in all three fields of environmental micropaleontology, my most recent investigations have focused on dissimilar fields:
- Micropaleontological analysis of sediments from the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley
- Earth science pedagogy, including how professors are evaluated, the benefits of inquiry based education, and the sequencing of major topics in introductory geology courses