. I'm a big fan of hiking, camping, & other outdoor activities. I'm also into technology, culture, politics, psychology, sociology, education, the interaction of religious faith with the above, music, games with friends, cooking, yadayada.
On Google+, I post geology field photographs
I have taken about once a week and give a brief explanation of what you are seeing from the eyes of a geologist. These are kept in my album "Geology Field Photos". I also write a blog about mineral resources & the environment & anything else geological I feel like called Earth-like Planet
. Circle me here on Google+ if those things sound of interest to you. I am also the creator & a moderator for the newly established Geoscience Community
here on G+, and I hope other geoscientists will join the discussions there.
Professionally, I study the application of mineralogy, petrology, & geochemistry to the understanding of mountain belts and tectonic processes, specifically in the Southern Appalachians. My students and I use the tools of geochronology and thermobarometry to establish P-T-t paths of metamorphic rocks, and thereby constrain the timing and rates of tectonic processes. Our current, ongoing project focuses on information that can be obtained by emphasizing the study of rutile & other minerals in pelitic schists.
I also study the best practices for improvements in education within the MPG (mineralogy, petrology, & geochemistry) disciplines, as well as geoscience for general education. My work has focused on a complete redesigned the way I teach mineralogy with an emphasis on geologic context, as well as the way students relate upper level course work back to material and skills they learned in previous courses. I'm also in the process of designing video tutorials for optical mineralogy, which I hope to begin publishing on the web in the next 6 months.