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Education and Outreach

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI: Since 1998, I have been teaching graduate courses in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, specifically Marine Isotope Geochemistry (1998, 2000, 2002-05, 2012, 2014, 2016), Isotope Chemistry (2003-05, 2010) and the Seminar in  Chemical Oceanograph (1998, 1999, 2009).

I have been advising Summer Student Fellows Lillie Jaffe (UCSD, 2000), Brett Walker (UCSC, 2004), Jared Singer (U Utah, 2006), Christine Waters (UTEP, 2008), Kimberley Mayfield (U Hawaii, 2012), Julia Paine and Stefani Johnson (both in 2016), as well as Joint Program Students Christian Miller (now U Hawaii at Manoa), Britta Voss (now AAAS Science and Technology Fellow), Katie Kirsch (MS from Colorado School of Mines) and Andrea Dubin (now with the USArmy).

Together with Ed Sholkovitz, I have co-advised WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar Robyn Hannigan (now Dept. Chair at Boston University), Tim Eglinton and I co-adivsed Postdoctoral Scholar Valier Galy (now a tenured Associate Scientist at WHOI). I have also menotred Postdoctoral Scholars Indra Sen (now Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur) and Kristina Brown (now at UBC), and co-advised Ann Dunlea.

In addition, guest students Marjorie Bagur (University of Quebec in Montreal, 2018), Owen Steele (Cardiff Univ., UK, 2018), Max Beaurepaire (ENS Lyon, France, 2018), Madelaine Bourdages (UFV, B.C., Canada, 2017), Soumita Boral (IIT Kanpur, India, 2016), Audrey Faber and Ellen Clemence (University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada, 2016), Ashleigh Yakemchuck and Sophie Smith (University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada, 2015), Tracey Conrad (UCSC, jointly with S Nielsen, 2014, 2015), Audrey Epp, Michelle Bennett and Rosalie Luymes (University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada, 2013), Helena Fraser, Jenna Fanslau, Bryce Downey and Garrett Macklam-Harron (University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada, 2011), Sharmila Pal (Univ. Washington, Seattle, 2009), Katherina Fiege (Univ. Heidelberg, Germany, 2008), Andrew Jacobson (Dartmouth College), Oliver Woodhouse (SOC - jointly with Greg Ravizza) and Tim Donovan (SOC) as well as guest scientists Drs. Candace Martin, Stefan Schroeder, Sebastien Rauch, Martin Rosner, Hassan Baioumy and Adjunct Scientists Birger Schmitz (Lund University, Sweden) have worked in my lab.


In 2011 we organized a lecture series and field trip centered on the role of rivers in the hydrologic cycle. The field trip to the Fraser River basin in British Columbia, Canada, led the group to the splendid Berg Lake Trail in the Canadian Rockies, white-water rafting on a tributary to the Fraser River, and a one-day boat trip to the Fraser River estuary near Vancouver (see photos).

The beginning of the hike to Berg Lake, Canadian Rocky Mountains

The 2011 Geodynamics Group at Berg Lake in front of Mount Robson, Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Relaxing at the fabulous Swiss Bakery in Valemount, B.C., after the hike to Berg Lake


Participants of the ASI V, Module II (from left to right): Prof. Uli Bleil (Bremen Univ.), Jaime Soto, Carolina Cisternas, Ximena Contardo, Bernhard P-E, Carolina Becerra, Valentina Flores, Paulina Lohse, Jenny Nilsson, Praxedes Munos, Bibiana Jara (Teaching Assistant), German Aguilar and Maria Loreto Cordova. (Danielle Barriga, UDEC)

The University of Concepcion in Chile, with support from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Fundacion Andes, has been organizing lecture series on topics relevant to Marine Geology and Geophysics since 2001. In January 2005, I have been invited to give a one-week lecture series (Jan. 10-14) on Marine Radiogenic Isotope Records with special focus on the marine strontium, osmium and neodymium isotope records and isotope geochemistry in general.


In 1997, I have given a short (four 45-min presentations) lecture series for the general public on Space Junk (i.e., small extraterrestrial bodies such as cosmic dust, meteorites, comets and asteroids). The lecture series is organized by the Falmouth Public Library and open to the general public at no cost.


From 2002 until 2010, I have been judging contributions to the annual Science Fair at the Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Massachusetts.