My graduate training was designed to prepare me to be half of a Geology department faculty, which is what I’ve ended up doing for most of my career. By creative scheduling, I teach mineralogy and petrology one year, and field geology and structural geology the next. Intro courses in geology and oceanography fill out my load, along with Senior courses.
About 20 years ago I worked with Gene Sevi and Bill Barnard to develop the BS Environmental Science degree for Norwich, a process that opened up my eyes a bit and allowed me to think about science less as compartmentalized in silos, and more as an integrated whole. Developing the ES degree and running the program for a long time before Rick Dunn took it over in 2007 was what let me start working on water chemistry studies, ultimately leading to a Vermont EPSCoR Streams grant a couple years ago. Now I work with Rick, George Springston and Gene’s son Adam, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering here at Norwich, addressing a range of hydrogeology problems.
Teaching Geology has allowed me to fill my need for outdoor education, capped by an annual course titled “The Geology and Ecology of the Connecticut River” offered during the two weeks following graduation each year (recently written up in an emagazine article for the NU website). Then off to the field for summer research and the cycle starts again.