My goal as an instructor is for students to engage directly with the scholarship — learn to read primary literature, discuss and ‘unpack’ articles in a seminar setting, distill work and edit Wikipedia, learn to answer questions in a ‘back of the envelope’ manner, do experiments (CURE — Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience), ask their own questions (‘How does that system work?’), and ultimately find their own answers. These activities cultivate a solid foundation of basic information, but also reasoning skills, which encompass intuition, creativity, curiosity and confidence.


  • The Surface of the Earth (Undergraduate Geomorphology), Duke University, Spring 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Geomorphology (Undergraduate), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 2016
  • Coastal Processes (Co-taught Field Class), Duke University, Spring 2011

Teaching Assistant (>20 classes in total):

  • Coastal Processes, Geomorphology, Natural Disasters, Climate Change, Data Analysis, Mathematical Modeling, Energy and Ecology, Introduction to Geology, Field Camp, Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology.