skip to content

Teaching and Research

"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice." That quote from Will Durant sums up a major justification for learning about and teaching geoscience. The version my students hear is "No Rock. No Ecosystem. No Culture."

This page is restricted to information about my graduate and undergraduate teaching at UConn, and the geological research (rather than scholarship in American Studies) that supports it. For a chronological list of my professional work history, including academic postions, honors, scientific publications, and other activities, link to my Curriculum Vitae.

For a list of all courses I have taught at UConn, link to Courses Taught. Complete descriptions for those courses still being taught are available UConn on-line catalog at

During the past decade, my primary scholarship has shifted away from grant-supported field- and lab-based analytical research to the merger of physical science with the humanities and the social sciences, largely through the fields of American Studies and Environmental Studies through Journalism. For background on this merger, link to Cultural Geology.

PHOTO BANNER: False color infared aerial photo of the Malaspina Glacier on the Alaskan coastal plain, a good surrogate for lobes of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (credit NASA). Pedestrian pathways cross-cut campus on ground that is unusually level for southern New England, in this case because campus sits above an uplifted Neogene erosion surface. Pleistocene archaeological site being excavated near Delta, Alaska in my favorite material, loess, windblown glacial dust. Close-up of quarried granite from a building in New London, CT contains biotite, quartz and pink orthoclase (every geology professor needs at least one photo of a rock on their website).