Teaching

Our research group is responsible for teaching a variety of courses related general geology, tectonics, surface processes, field mapping (bedrock and Quaternary), and climate/paleoclimate. The use of computers and state-of-the-art software for interpreting complex data sets and processes is emphasized in a number of courses.

The following is a list of courses taught by different members of our research

BSc courses

Dynamics of the Earth

Introduction to Geology, intended for 1st semester BSc. students every fall semester.

Plate Tectonics

Introduction to plate tectonics and methods for tectonic studies. Taught as a module within the Geophysics course, intended for 4th semester BSc. students every winter

Mapping Class for BSc students

An introduction to geologic and geomorphic mapping techniques in Spain, 5th semester BSc course offered every

Applied Tectonics and Surface Processes

An introduction to quantitative geomorphology/surface processes, tectonic geomorphology, climate, dating techniques, and current ‘hot topics’ in tectonics-climate-surface processes research. Offered every winter semester for 5th semester BSc students and MSc

MSc courses

Mapping Class for MSc students

Advanced methods (including digital mapping techniques) related to geologic and geomorphic mapping. Emphasis is placed on mapping techniques needed for research related to Earth surface processes and active tectonics.  Students select a project related to methods they want to learn in more detail and collect data and learn how to process it in the field. Methods taught include: bedrock geologic mapping; geomorphic mapping; terrestrial laser scanning, ground penetrating radar, use and interpretation of drone data, and much more.  The course is taught every other year on even numbered years in September/October (3 weeks maximum).  Course location is Central Italy, and sometimes in the central Swiss Alps.

Applied Tectonics and Surface Processes

An introduction to quantitative geomorphology/surface processes, tectonic geomorphology, climate, dating techniques, and current ‘hot topics’ in tectonics-climate-surface processes research. Offered every winter semester for 5th semester BSc students and MSc

Earth System Dynamics Research Seminar

A weekly research group seminar focusing on presentation of student research, guest speakers, and current literature on the topic of tectonics, climate, and surface processes. Offered every semester.

Applied Thermochronology and Quaternary Dating Techniques, Interpretations and Applications

This course provides a combination of lectures and hands on laboratory exercises that teaches students different thermochronology dating techniques, as well as other Quaternary dating methods (e.g. Cosmogenic isotopes, OSL, etc).  The course is taught as a block course before the Sept/October of odd numbered years and is open to participants from other (including international) Universities.

Applied Data Analysis and Models for Geoscientists

This course provides an introduction to different data analysis techniques (e.g., regression, curve fitting, signal analysis, machine learning) relevant to Geoscience data.  The course involves lectures and computer exercises, and a final project.  It is taught in the winter semester on odd numbered years.

Climate Dynamics, Probability and Statistics

This course provides an introduction to the physical processes (e.g. governing equations) associated with weather and climate.  Both modern and paleoclimatology examples are discussed.  Exercises in the class involve learning computer techniques for probability and statistical analysis of climate data.  The course is taught in the winter semester on odd numbered years.

Additional information about bachelors and graduate studies in our department is available here. The department welcomes international graduate students and offers many MSc classes in English. The primary langue for classes taught by our research group is English.