Teaching

I currently teach the following courses:

GEOG 3096: Environmental Hydrology. Students examine the movement and storage of water at various scales. A combined focus is on understanding of what controls water movement and storage from its point of entry to a watershed through its exit point(s) and the use of environmental tracers in the study of human impacts on our watersheds.

ENST 5326: Topics in Watershed Analysis and Modeling.  The goal of this course is to explore tools of watershed analysis, field data collection techniques, sampling and analysis of natural tracers (e.g. stable isotopes, hydrochemistry), use of data in the conceptualization and development of catchment models.

ENST 5116:  Perspectives on the Environment.  This course will explore the philosophy and ideas of the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, with respect to their application in defining the causes, consequences of and solutions to environmental problems. Students will pursue a critical understanding of the values and limitations of these different approaches to studying human-environment interactions. The course will elucidate different ways of thinking about environmental problems, comparing and contrasting the scientific method and its application in natural and social sciences to humanistic approaches. Students will be challenged to consider these different paradigms and think beyond the boundaries of their individual background disciplines. Two members of the graduate faculty representing the sciences and the social sciences/humanities will co-teach the course, and will present specific topics such as the application of scientific method, deductive and inductive reasoning, falsification and reification of hypotheses, interpretation and communication of information, the nature of proof, ethics and morality, nature as culture, and the development of policy. Practical analyses using a holistic approach will be carried out through the examination of several case studies of specific environmental issues (e.g. water quality, resource depletion, climate change) offering students the opportunity to collaborate with others from different academic backgrounds and develop interdisciplinary solutions. Ultimately, students completing this course will be expected to recognize, assess, and communicate the value of scientific and humanistic approaches to dealing with specific environmental problems.