Undergraduate Classes
Every year, I teach:
GEOL 310, Mineralogy
GEOL 312, Optical Mineralogy

Classes I have taught include:
GEOL 111G, Survey of Geology (Traditional and Guided Inquiry formats)
GEOL 399, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GEOL 315V, Geology of the National Parks

Graduate Classes
GEOL 567, Global Geochemical Systems
GEOL 520, Geoscience Communications

Other graduate classes I’ve taught:
GEOL 515, Advanced Principles of Geochemical Equilibria
GEOL 562, Analytical Geochemistry

Current Graduate Students

John Curry
Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Chemometric Analysis to Generate a Tourmaline Provenance Model

Trent Haskell
Correlation of Ash-Flow Tuffs from the Mogollon-Datil Volcanic Field in Southwestern New Mexico Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research transformed me from a test-taker into a curious scientist, so I provide as many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research as possible.  My current undergraduate researchers are:

Shoshauna Farnsworth-Pinkerton
Provenance determination of tourmalines in metasedimentary rocks from the Rinconada Schist, Picuris Mountains, New Mexico (funding from the New Mexico Geological Society)

Richard Gonzalez
Use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to enhance detrital zircon provenance determinations

Sky Hays
Use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to identify and determine provenance of heavy detrital minerals

Brent Jackson
Identification of bacterially crystallized calcite in Black Cave and Cottonwood Cave, Carlsbad, New Mexico (funded by the New Mexico Geological Society)

New Mexico State University / Geologic Applications of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy