Background, Outreach, and Interests

Geological Interests

  • Igneous petrology (volcanoes!)
  • History of geology and geological maps
  • Online education
  • Mathematics in geology

Public Outreach

  • ¬†Maintaining and expanding the Geology Department’s public displays
  • Curating geological collections (rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites)
  • Providing sample sets and lessons for local K-12 teachers
  • Putting name labels with the rocks in my garden – along a main city street (left)


  • B.A. in Mathematics and Geology, Augustana College, Rock Island IL
  • M.S. in Applied Earth Science, Stanford University, Palo Alto C
  • Ph.D. in Geology, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
  • Master of Online Teaching certificate, Illinois Online Network

Header photo: Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica.