This semester I am teaching Watershed Hydrology to 21 undergraduate and graduate students from Geology, Conservation, and Geography. Watershed hydrology is the study of water movement, storage, and transformation across landscapes. In this course, we address basic questions like: “Where does the water go when it rains?” “What pathways does it take to the stream channel?” and “How long does water reside in a watershed?” Focusing on plot, hillslope, and watershed scales, we focus mainly on surface and near-?surface water to understand how hydrologic processes are regulated by landscape characteristics, human activities and climate dynamics and how hydrology impacts patterns of water quality and geomorphology.
In Spring 2013, I taught Urban Hydrology. The course syllabus and other information can be found here. In fall 2012, I co-taught “College Teaching of Applied Geology” to graduate students in the Department of Geology.
At UNC Charlotte, I taught classes on Fluvial Processes, Hydrogeology, Acquisition and Analysis of Scientific Data, a seminar focused on climate change or natural disasters, and an introductory earth science course. Taking students in the field and helping them collect and analyze data in the lab are some of my favorite parts of teaching. Here are some examples of projects and field trips I’ve done with my students.
- Analyzing rock cubes to learn about hydrogeology
- Examining meander geometry and the role of wood in shaping streams
- Experiencing open channel hydraulics at the US National Whitewater Center
I really enjoy mentoring undergraduate and graduate research projects. Here’s an essay I wrote describing the way l like to interact with students as data are collected and analyzed.
I also believe that teaching occurs far beyond the classroom, so I look for opportunities to engage in public outreach. I do this is by writing for the Highly Allochthonous blog and sharing information on Twitter. I’ve also written for the Scientific American guest blog and for Earth magazine. I’ve also participated in science expos, like this one.