University of Vermont

Paul Bierman, Geomorphologist and Geochemist

Education Projects

Ever since coming to UVM, I have been interested in how people learn and how to improve science education at all levels from K-12 to graduate studies. Along with my interests in formal education, I've become deeply involved with informal science education and advocacy, particularly as relates to climate change and urban hydrology.

My work and that of my students has been funded by several National Science Foundation grants and awards as well as grants from local foundations. Below are some of the education and outreach projects in which I am or have been involved deeply.

Landscape Change Program - I co-founded and direct this on-line archive of historic landscape imagery of Vermont for teaching, learning, and research.

Textbook - Key Concepts in Geomorphology Along with Dave Montgomery, I am creating a new textbook of Geomorphology - the first in a new generation of textbooks focussed on key concepts, extensively vetted by the community, including all new, pedagogically focussed art work.

Vermont Science Initiative - I teach a residential summer watershed course in this >K-8 initiative for Vermont in-service science teacher training.

Governor's Institute of Vermont - For 14 years, I have taught summers and many winters in this residential high school natural science program for highly motivated Vermont students.

Interdisciplinary Watershed fieldcamp - Under NSF support, I am leading a group of faculty developing and assessing an interdisciplinary, watershed-based, field course here at UVM.

NSF Career Award - This award allowed me, along with graduate and undergraduate students, to integrate research and education as together we strove to understand the timing of post-glacial erosion in New England through analysis of pond and alluvial fan sediment.

NSF Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award - This award supports my integration of formal and informal education as well as public science outreach embodied in the Landscape Change Program.

Reconsidering the Textbook - I co-led this National Science Foundation supported work shop at the National Academy of Sciences geared toward understanding the strengths and weaknesses of textbooks so as to envision the textbook of the future.

Burlington Urban Hydrology - I worked closely with Burlington city government to design and implement this service learning project with classes as well as research students.

Learning Landscapes - We designed educational interactive web-ware that relies on imagery and the socratic method to assist students learning about the form, processes and history of New England rivers.

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