My education mission at GSO is to foster a sense of curiosity and drive in people to ask the questions that promote scientific and social progression, provide the knowledge and skills to find those answers, and leave people with an appreciation for their roles as stewards of our planet. This philosophy echoes the principles of URI as vectors for hands-on, experiential learning. At URI, I teach courses related to ocean sciences and stable isotope geochemistry. I also teach marine isotope geochemistry in a summer short course on stable isotope ecology at the University of Utah.
In addition to traditional university education, our lab also promotes science literacy and ocean education through K-12 and public outreach. True scientific innovation begins with diverse perspectives, experiences, and approaches. It is my goal to ensure that everyone has that opportunity to participate in scientific discovery.
This course explores the biodiversity of life in the ocean and their relationships to humans. The major learning outcomes of this course are: 1) to explore the causes and consequences of the diverse and complex relationships between humans and life in the sea, and 2) to develop skills in literature research as well as written and oral communication to promote science education. This course is designed to be an interdisciplinary, general education course (A1, B4) with a Grand Challenges overlay for students in both science and non-science majors.
The SPATIAL (Spatio-temporal Isotope Analytics Lab) Short Course is offered every June at the University of Utah. This course explores 1) current research themes in large-scale ecology and environmental Earth science, 2) theoretical and technical aspects of assembling and working with large, spatially distributed datasets, and 3) analytical and computational tools available to support such work. The course emphasizes stable isotopes as a research tool, and their unique capacity to address many ecological problems, but also stresses the integration of isotopes with other data types and methods within a geospatial framework.