A multiple award-winning teacher-scholarFulbright Scholar (Jordan), and champion of fieldwork and experiential education, Ive held faculty, staff, and administrative posts at several different institutions since beginning my journey into higher education over two decades ago. As a Geographer, keeping the physical and human separate remains difficult for me, and I routinely engage with both, since each affects the other. Broadly speaking, my specialties include (urban) geomorphology (the “Science of Scenery”), landscape studies, and (cultural) stone/rock decay. Expertise in soils, rock art, humanistic geography, and peda/andragogy round out my topical background. Though well-known for research in those areas, it’s really teaching that feeds my soul, and so I continually strive to help folks connect geographical/spatial concepts with everyday life by including some type of in situ, hands-on component and/or activity with/in the landscape. Whether that means just observing around campus, fieldwork in the US Southwest or Arabian Desert, incorporating citizen science & community engagement into my research, exploring the world via Geography by Rail®, or just looking out a window, each focuses on increasing appreciation for  and understanding connections between  Earth’s landscapes and life.

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