My main teaching focuses are the introductory geology classes such as Earthquakes and Volcanoes and Physical Geology. I also teach Earth Materials.
Research Areas & Interests:
I am a mining exploration geologist with north American Exploration (Kaysville, UT) and have worked on projects such as locating rare earth elements in Idaho, phosphate near Vernal, and gold in Nevada. I use many techniques in my job including rock and soil sampling, vegetation sampling, water sampling, equipment such as scintillometers, field observations, and my knowledge of rocks and minerals and their environments.
I have also worked at the Bingham Canyon Mine (Salt Lake city, UT) as a core logger.
My academic research topics include observing the initial stages of mineral weathering in an arctic environment (Spitsbergen, Svalsbard) using microscopic techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy, and studying the effects of organic ligands called siderophores on the sorption of lead (Pb) to montmorillonite clay and the effects of siderophores on lead carbonate (cerussite and hydrocerussite) formation.
Geo 1030 – Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Geo 2050 – Earth Materials