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Dr. James Ebert
Classes taught:

Introduction to Geology (GEOL 120), Science of Natural Disasters (GEOL 115), Introduction to Forensic Geology (GEOL 150), Earth History and the Fossil Record (GEOL 220), Sedimentary Geology (GEOL 360), Geoscience Research Techniques (GEOL 390), Introduction to the Earth (ESCI 100), Earth Materials (ESCI 215), Investigations in Earth and Planetary Science (ESCI 200 – for pre-service elementary teachers), Laboratory Techniques in Earth Science (ESCI 315 – for pre-service secondary teachers)

Areas of interest:

Sedimentology, Carbonate Petrology, Lithostratigraphy, Biostratigraphy, Geologic Time Scale Calibration, Geoscience Education, Microplastic Pollutants, Invasive Mussel Species as Biogenic Sediments, History and Philosophy of Geology, Building Strong Geoscience Departments (NAGT Traveling Workshop Program)

Research:

My current research is divided among three distinct areas. I continue to examine the limestones of the Helderberg Group with the eventual goals of isolating the boundary between the Silurian and Devonian periods and understanding the processes that produced these rocks. Associated with this work is calibration of the Devonian time scale by use of radiometric dates from volcanic ashes that are associated with the limestones.

I also work on aspects of the coastal geology of the Great Lakes. I am examining the contributions of biogenic sediments from invasive mussel species to beach and dune sediments along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. A student and I are also investigating the aeolian transport of microplastic pollutants to coastal dunes along the eastern Great Lakes.

Third, I work in geoscience education on two ongoing projects. One involves the creation and testing of physical analog models to improve students’ understanding of geoscience concepts. This research typically includes majors in Adolescence Education Earth Science. I am also interested in the role of dual credit geoscience courses in recruiting majors to the geosciences in an effort to help reduce the deficit of geoscientists in the workforce.

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