• Student's conceptual model development of complex earth systems
  • Assessing people's knowledge and perceptions of climate change
  • Using technology and active learning practices in formal and informal learning environments to engage students and the public in the geosciences 
  • Interaction of affect and cognition on student engagement and learning 
  • Development and testing of programs that assist scientists and engineers in communicating science
  • Recruitment and engagement of under-represented groups in geosciences.
Past Affiliations

Associate Professor , Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences, North Carolina State University (past)
2013 - 2016

Geology, Geography
PhD, Texas A&M University , Geology , 2007
MS, Texas A&M University, Oceanography, 2003
BS, Eckerd College, Marine Science, 2000
discipline based education cognitive science educational psychology higher education minority education climate change earth science geoscience global change