The Earth’s surface is now often termed the Critical Zone (CZ) and provides everything life on Earth needs. However, the pressures of the Anthropocene such as climate change or acid rain, weaken this zones’ capacity to support us, requiring a concerted effort to understand complex and coupled response to these pressures. With my background in geology, mineralogy, biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology, I take an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to study this zone with an emphasis on carbon and nutrient dynamics. My current projects focus on a variety of land water interactions, such as effects of drought, heavy precipitation or acid rain on the quality of soils, streams, and ground water. For this we combine data science, field observations and experimental lab investigations in a collaborative setting. My teaching integrates this interdisciplinary setting and uses hands-on approaches to understand Deep Earth and mineralogical processes (e.g. GEOL110), surface environmental dynamics (e.g. GEOL135), and land water interactions (e.g. GEOL235).
Fall 2022 Syllabus:
• GEOL 135: Environmental Geochemistry (PDF)