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Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree.

- Martin Luther


Courses I teach

Photo of three students in my mineralogy in an
            underground zinc mine. The walls of the tunnel are slanted
            because the miners only dug ore-bearing rock and not the
            surrounding stone. Field trips are a great way to learn
            because experiencing geology helps build a longer-lasting
            understanding than one gets from just reading books. Click
            this image to see more photos of students on my mineralogy
            class field trips.
Mineralogy + Lab
How to identify minerals and the chemistry of how minerals form
(photo: Sterling Hill zinc mine)

Photo of me kneeling by a vertical rock face, pointing
            out some squiggles where the rock partially melted and was
            then folded. I'm holding a white dry-erase board in my hand
            that I use on field trips to draw sketches. Click this image
            to see more photos of field trips in my Petrology and
            Geochemistry class.
Petrology and Geochemistry + Lab
(formerly Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology)
Studying the chemical processes that form, modify, and destroy rocks, including how magmas form/crystallize, how pressure/temperature recrystallize rocks, and how water chemically reacts with rocks.
(photo: Adirondack Mnts.)

Photo of my class underground at the Balmat Zinc Mine
            in 2006. We're all wearing head lamps on our hard hats, and
            have respirators dangling from around our necks. This is one
            of my favorite mines because the geology is fascinating and
            the geologists working at the mine are very sharp folks!
            Click here for photos of my economic geology class field
Economic Geology + Lab
How mineral deposits that we mine form within the Earth and how we explore for them
(photo: underground in the Balmat zinc mine)

Photo of me standing on the edge of a deep canyon in
            desert sandstone. An 800 foot tall spindle of rock called
            Spider Rock juts up in the middle of Canyon de Chelly
            National Monument. I teach a course about the Geology of
            National Parks.
Geology of National Parks
The stories of the rocks that you walk on when you go on vacation
(photo: Canyon de Chelly, AZ)

Photo of students in my Senior Seminar class measuring
            the composition of groundwater in a monitoring well. A steel
            pipe about the diameter of a human leg sticks out of the
            ground. The students are holding a coil of cable that feeds
            down into the hole. The chemical composition readout is
            displayed on a little box resembling a calculator. I know
            seminars are supposed to be when we just sit around and
            talk, but this is GEOLOGY! Click here for photos from Senior
Senior Seminar in Geology
Synthesis of all of the geology courses in the program through discussions of papers published in the professional scientific journals, also includes group research project
(photo: measuring pH, etc. in well)

Courses I taught in the past

Photo of students standing in front of a large rock
            drilling machine with hoses and cables going every which
            way. We're dressed in warm clothing because it's early
            spring. Click here for photos from my Optical Mineralogy
Optical Mineralogy + Lab
Using microscopes to study mineralogy and applying a little mineral chemistry to deduce geological processes
(photo: Nyco wollastonite mine)

Photo of students and a professional geologist
                  looking at drill core beside a drill rig. The drill
                  core is a tube of rock about as thick as a person's
                  wrist. The cylinder of rock is organized in rows in
                  the three foot long wooden box. The rock-drilling
                  truck in the background is taking new core. Students
                  are actively asking questions. Click here for photos
                  from my Structural Geology class.
Structural Geology + Lab
Studying how stress deforms rock to form folds and faults, how that applies to engineering, and plate tectonic theory
(photo: measuring RQD in drill core at drill rig testing rock strength)

(taught by Dr. Sarah Tindall as of 2003)

Photo of Max making geologic sketches of outcrops in
            his field book. Making sketches of outcrops is important
            because one must make observations before one can draw.
            Geologists, like most other scientists, must make careful
            observations. Click this photo to see more photos from my
            Field Geology course.
Field Geology
Standard field procedures for geologists, including geologic mapping, rock/soil/water sampling, geophysical methods, etc.
(photo: sketching outcrops with
the art education students)

( now taught by Dr. Sarah Tindall )

Photo of students taking a soil sample using an auger.
            On student is writing notes in a field notebook, another is
            hoding a plastic sample bag under the coils of the soil
            auger that the third student has just pulled from the
            ground. My Environmental Geology class went on field trips
            to get first-hand experience measuring the environment.
            Click here for photos from my Environmental Geology class.
Environmental Geology + Lab
Geology related to environmental science with an emphasis on practical experience in the field
(photo: soil sampling near Palmerton, PA)
(taught by Dr. Jacob Sewall as of 2009)

Photo of students measuring the depth to the water
            table in a monitoring well. A bright orange pipe sticks out
            of the ground about hip high. The students have lowered a
            special cable into the hole. When the little device at the
            end of the cable touches water, the instrument beeps. Click
            here for photos of my Hydrogeology class.
Hydrogeology + Lab
Geology related to environmental science with an emphasis on practical experience in the field
(photo: bailing from monitoring well)

(taught by Dr. Laura Sherrod
as of 2010)

Photo of students in the autumn forest using
            geophysical instruments to measure the intensity of the
            Earth's magnetic field over different parts of an old iron
            mine. One student holds a calculator-like instrument with
            the readout. A second student holds a six foot long pole
            with a canister on top that measures the magnetic field. Two
            more students record the data. Geophysics
Geophysics + Lab
How we analyze the earth's magnetism, gravity, electrical properties, and seismic properties to find hidden things like water, oil, and minerals, as well as understand processes otherwise invisible to us
(photo: measuring magnetic field in Pennsylvania iron mining district)
(taught by Dr. Laura Sherrod
as of 2010)

Photo of my Physical Geology class on a field trip
                to the local cement plant. Tara is looking through a
                hand-held filter into the open end of a giant rotary
                kiln. The rotary kiln is a 20 ft tube in which limestone
                is heated to very high temperature to make cement. The
                tube rotates to stir the broken rock during heating.
                Click here to see photos from my physical geology class
                field trips.
Physical Geology + Lab
Survey of the geological sciences for science majors.
(photo: viewing kiln at cement plant)
(taught by Dr. Laura Sherrod as of 2009)

Image of a geologic map of Pennsylvania. Different
              colors on the map indicate where different types of rocks
              are located.
Intro to Geology + Lab
Survey of the geological sciences for science and non-science majors, respectively
(taught by Dr. Sarah Tindall as of 2009)

Travels with students - the world is bigger than Kutztown, Pennsylvania!

Longer trips
Adirondacks - Autumn 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000
Washington (state) - May 2016
Puerto Rico - May 2015
Adirondacks - Autumn 2014
Arizona - Summer 2014

Namibia - Summer 2011
Alaska - Summer 2011
Arizona - March 2010 (Grand Canyon, volcanoes, meteorite impact site, Petrified Forest, and copper mines)
Colorado/New Mexico - August 2009 (Great Sand Dunes and Anasazi sites)
Yellowstone and southern Montana mines - May 2009
China - Summer 2008 (Beijing + Henan)
Costa Rica - Winter 2007-2008 (volcano and beach tour)
China - Summer 2005 (Beijing)
China - Summer 2004 (Beijing and Inner Mongolia)

GSA meetings
Seattle, Washington - October 2017
Vancouver, BC - October 2014
Denver, Colorado - November 2013
Denver, Colorado - November 2010
Portland, Oregon - October 2009
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - March 2006
Salt Lake City, Utah - October 2005
Washington, D.C. - March 2004
Seattle, Washington - November 2003
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - March 2003
Denver, Colorado - November 2001
Reno, Nevada - November 2000

Undergraduate Research - an important part of education

photo of two studnets using a GPs with electronic range
        finder and compass. The GPS antena sticks up about seven feet in
        the air atop a tripod-mounted pole.I am a strong advocate of using undergraduate research projects to help students pull together the knowledge they learn in their many classes.  Earning a degree in geology requires students to take a whole bunch of very different science courses, ranging from classes on how volcanoes erupt, to how beaches erode, to how earthquake vibrations travel through the earth, to fossil identification, and much, much more.  Unfortunately, in spite of every professor's attempts to tie what students learn in each class to the subject at hand, the links between these subjects commonly just shows up as a line or two in a notebook. DOING research requires a person to pull this knowledge together to solve a problem really helps build a strong fabric of knowledge gained in all of those science classes.
Because research pursues the answers to questions with no pat answer, research projects also teach students that there is not always a single, obvious, correct answer to a given problem, and research successes help build each student's self confidence.  Students doing independent research with me work on projects including:

A nice four-year plan for any undergraduate student
(by the Career Services Staff at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania)

My advice for students who are not doing well in college 

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