“. . . passionate about the material, and he knows how to explain it. . . he really cares that the students understand.”


“. . . very helpful, always works until we understand. . . excellent professor”

Teaching Awards:

UCSB Earth Science: “Most Helpful Graduate Student” (2016, 2017)
UCSB Earth Science: Undergraduate “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2017)
UCSB Earth Science: Commitment to Excellence in Undergrad Education (2014)

Courses Taught (UCSB):

2016: Earth 103 (Structural Geology), co-taught with Dr. Mary Kate Fidler

          Earth 2 (Physical Geology)

2015: Earth 103 (Structural Geology), co-taught with Dr. Phil Gans

2014Earth 2 (Physical Geology)

Courses TA'd (UCSB + UC-Davis):

2014: Earth 118 (Summer Field), Earth 104B (Spring Field), Earth 2 (Phys. Geo.)

2013: Earth 114 (Earth Materials)

2012: GEL 103 (Field Geology), GEL 1 (Introductory Geology)

2011: GEL 60 (Earth Materials), GEL 110 (Summer Field), GEL 106 (Structural Geology), GEL 101L (Structural Geology)

2010: GEL 110 (Summer Field), GEL 106 (Metamorphic Petrology), GEL 105 (Igneous Petrology)

2009: GEL 60 (Earth Materials)

Public Outreach:

Penn State Postdoctoral Society Hiking Coordinator (2018-2019)

Frequent public lecturer (e.g., Penn State "Science Cafe", Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History "Science Pub" and Monthly Docent Lectures, Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit Monthly Meeting)

Leader and co-leader of several public and high-school field trips with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2016-17)

Weekly volunteer docent at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2014-2017)

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