I started teaching as a graduate student at the University of Chicago. I was a teaching assistant for a half a dozen classes during my PhD and taught as an adjunct instructor at Northeastern Illinois (Environmental Geology). At UC Davis, I taught a large intro oceanography course (110 students) and an introductory geology course (125 students). I also completed a 6 week training course in pedagogical theory in 2014 where I learned how to engage students in the lecture experience and how to use new technology in the classroom to foster retention of lecture material and gain feedback from students.
Courses I've taught are detailed below:
Geology 1:The Earth (Winter, 2015) - Introduction to the study of the Earth. Earth’s physical and chemical structure; internal and surface processes that mold the Earth; geological hazards and resources.
Geology 16: The Oceans (Fall 2012, Spring 2015) - An introductory survey of the marine environment. Oceanic physical phenomena, chemical constituents and chemistry of water, geological history, the seas biota and human utilization of marine resource
Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2010:
Guest lecture #1 focused on teaching business school students (getting training in sustainability) how the earth maintains it's radiative balance and how anthropogenic global warming alters this balance.
Guest lecture #2 involved what we called 'The Science of Naysaying' and discussed how climate science is often twisted by the media, special interest groups, etc. and gave the students the tools they could use to learn more about the most common climate science misconceptions.
Environmental Geology - Earth, its structure, compositions, and resources. Mineral and energy resources, their formation and distribution, their supply and demand projections for the future. Water resources and water quality, environmental impact of resources, nuclear waste and other waste disposal, earthquakes and volcanic hazards.