Mineralogy, Petrology, and More

At UMass Amherst, I have been teaching Mineralogy and Petrology in the Fall and Spring, respectively since 2019. Each of these courses is accompanied by a 3-hour lab section, as well as an optional “honors” section for students eager to participate in a more in-depth discussion of targeted subjects. Past subjects have been “Minerals in Space,” “Quasicrystals,” and “All About Rare Earth Elements.” Each semester Prof. Mike Williams and I also lead a Petrology reading group, and in Fall 2021 I am running an upper-level seminar on subduction zone geochemistry. Soon, I will offer a survey class called “How to Build a Habitable Planet,” which is based on a book by the same name and covers subject matter from the Big Bang to climate change.

GEO 311 - Mineralogy

See also: The UMass Rausch Mineral Gallery!

GEO 321 - Petrology

GEO 321 - Petrology