One of the primary reasons Penn State is recognized around the globe as a distinguished university is the sterling caliber of its faculty. As a World Campus student, you will enjoy the opportunity to learn from the same instructors who teach traditional face-to-face classes on Penn State's twenty-four campuses across Pennsylvania.

The Master of Education in Earth Sciences program is designed and taught by some of the finest instructors in the United States.

Eliza Richardson

Ph.D., Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A.B., Geology and Geophysics, Princeton University

Dr. Eliza Richardson is an associate professor in Penn State's Department of Geosciences. She also 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.

David Babb

Ph.D., Meteorology, Penn State
B.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas


Dr. David Babb is the lead faculty for the Undergraduate Certificate in Weather Forecasting and an associate teaching professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Babb enjoys the challenges of teaching online and has been designing instruction of meteorological and scientific curricula for more than 15 years.  He believes that online learning provides an unprecedented access to knowledge and allows students to be lifelong learners in any field in which they find interest.

Chris Marone

Ph.D., Geophysics, Columbia University
M. Phil., Geophysics, Columbia University
M.A., Geophysics, Columbia University
B.A., Geology, Binghamton

Dr. Chris Marone is a professor in Penn State's Department of Geosciences. His research is focused on friction, earthquakes, and fault mechanics. 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. His laboratory is one of only a few in the world that can conduct friction experiments under geophysical conditions and complex loading histories, including true triaxial loading and dynamic stressing.

Chris Palma

Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Virginia

Dr. Chris Palma, associate director of outreach for the Eberly College of Science at Penn State, teaches in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. As an observational astronomer, he has conducted his observations with many of the world's premier telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Keck Telescope, and Penn State's Hobby-Eberly Telescope. His primary interest is in astronomy education and outreach programs, and he has coordinated and taught astronomy courses and workshops for in-service and preservice educators since 2002.

Tim White

Ph.D., Geosciences, Penn State
M.S., Geology, Penn State
B.A., Geology, Washington and Lee

Dr. Tim White is a field sedimentary geologist with a diverse background in marine and terrestrial systems spanning the breadth of geologic time to present. Much of his work focuses on chemostratigraphy and the paleoclimatological record contained within paleosols. He has a strong background in SCUBA and teaches numerous courses that engage students in underwater education and research activities. Dr. White, the coordinator of the Critical Zone Observatory National Office, has been involved in the development and teaching of the Critical Zone course in the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences program.