Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Discussing Structural Inversion of the Kaibab Uplift from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Teaching Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2007-2011

  • Earth Resources and the Environment (Spring 2011, Spring 2009): (For Department Concentrators and Non-Majors) The course provides an overview of the earth’s energy and material resources. Following an introduction to hydrocarbons (oil, natural gas, and coal), nuclear fuels, and other economically important ores, the course will emphasize methods used to exploit these resources and the environmental impacts of these operations. Topics include: Coal and acid rain; petroleum, photochemical smog, and oil spills; nuclear power and radioactive hazards; alternative energies (solar, hydroelectric, tidal, geothermal power); metals and mining. Labs emphasize geologic and geophysical methods for discovering and exploiting resources, including satellite remote sensing and seismic reflection techniques, and environmental remediation approaches.  EPS-109 Website  Harvard University Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, 2009 and 2011.
  • Structural Geology (Fall 2009): (For Department Concentrators)  An introduction to deformation of Earth materials, including mountain building and plate tectonics, faulting and earthquakes, folding, and ductile deformation. Forces acting on rocks and resultant strains are examined for a variety of pressure and temperature conditions. Rock fracture and faulting are studied through numerical approaches, analog experiments, geologic maps, and cross sections. Ductile deformation mechanisms are examined through microscopic investigation of rock fabrics. In addition to basic structural methods, labs introduce modern applications of structural geology to the energy and environmental industries and for assessing earthquake hazards by using balanced cross sections, seismic reflection data, and satellite imagery, and analog and numerical methods of modeling structural deformation. Students are also introduced to the geology of the major tectonic provinces, including mountain belts, rift basins, strike-slip margins, salt tectonic provinces, and passive margins, using advanced visualization and analysis tools.  EPS-171 Website
  • Natural Hazards (Fall 2007, Fall 2008): (For Non-majors) An introduction to risks in the environment. Different types of hazards are analyzed and compared: natural disasters, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, meteorite impacts, and long-term effects due to environmental change, such as sea level rise and global warming. Emphasizes the basic physical principles controlling the hazardous phenomena and develops simple quantitative methods for making scientifically reasoned assessments of the threats posed by hazardous events, processes, and exposures. Discusses methods of risk mitigation and sociological, psychological, and economic aspects of risk control and management. SCI A-43

Research Advisor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2011

Advised an undergraduate student in a summer research project that used the discrete element modeling approach to investigate the role of mechanical properties in fault-related folding as part of the Harvard PRISE Undergraduate Research Program.