The Graduate Certificate in Earth Science Education program is designed and taught by some of the finest instructors in the United States.
Eliza Richardson, PhD
Eliza Richardson, assistant professor, holds a joint appointment at the Dutton e-Education Institute and is the lead faculty member for the master's degree in Earth science education. Her research interests include fault mechanics, earthquake triggering, and the frictional properties of granular media. Dr. Richardson is developing new courses that cover current controversies in the Earth sciences as well as plate tectonics and hazards. In 2002 she received her doctorate on earthquake source physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael A. Arthur, PhD
Michael Arthur, professor, is affiliated with the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center and the Earth and Environmental Science Institute. He has been at Penn State since 1990 and served as department head in geosciences from 1991 through 1997. His research revolves around the chemistry and circulation of modern and ancient oceans and implications for past global change, as revealed by the geochemistry of marine sediments with insights from numerical models.
Dr. Arthur has collaborated with Chris Marone in designing and teaching oceanography courses at Penn State, and together they are offering a general oceanography course for the master of education program. He received his doctorate in geology from Princeton University in 1979.
Chris Marone, PhD
Chris Marone, professor, focuses his research on friction, earthquakes, and fault mechanics. He is involved in studies of earthquake nucleation and postseismic fault motion, friction constitutive laws, granular mechanics, and physicochemical effects on deformation of Earth materials. He has conducted large numbers of laboratory studies of physical properties of Earth materials and has designed and constructed high-pressure testing machines to carry out complex experiments.
Dr. Marone's laboratory is one of only a few in the world that can carry out friction experiments under geophysical conditions and complex loading histories, including true triaxial loading and dynamic stressing. He obtained his doctorate in geophysics from Columbia University and was on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology before coming to Penn State.
Tim White, PhD
Tim White is a sedimentary geologist and senior research associate in Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. His research interests include sedimentary geochemical and stratigraphic approaches to paleoclimatology, particularly focused on ancient soils. He is also the dive safety officer for Penn State's science diving program.
Dr. White worked in the hydrogeological consulting field until 1994 when he returned to Penn State and received his doctorate in 1997. He then became an NSF–funded, postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa, and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage before returning to Penn State in 2003.