TEACHING

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES | COMMON PROBLEM PEDAGOGY | INTEGRATE TEACHING MODULE

I am an assistant professor in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh. I teach classes on atmospheric science, physical oceanography and limnology, climate change (both general education and major courses), a seminar on scientific communication, and introductory environmental engineering.

Teaching is an important aspect of my career. My goal is to realize the teacher-scholar ideal: combining an active research program with best practice teaching methods to provide students both state of the science knowledge and problem-solving skills.

Image: Eric teaches Connor Woodruff about NOx measurements at the Whiteface Mountain Field Station.

Common Problem Pedagogy

I have been participating in the creation and implementation of the Common Problem Pedagogy (CP2) at SUNY Plattsburgh. CP2 brings together two classes, from differing fields, to study a problem. The goal is for students to work together, synthesizing their knowledge and skills to more effectively solve problems. Support for the Common Problem Pedagogy at SUNY Plattsburgh has been obtained from the Teagle Foundation and the SUNY Performance and Improvement fund. Additional support is currently being requested through a multi-instituion proposal to the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In Fall 2016 my atmospheric science class collaborated with Gary Kroll's U.S. Environmental History class to study and develop methods to interact with climate skeptics.

InTeGrate Module - Regulating Carbon Emissions

I helped create a teaching module for the Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate program of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. The three week module presents the science, economics, and policy options surrounding the regulation of carbon emissions in the United States to address climate change. The module was developed in collaboration with social scientists and economists, including Curt Gervich (SUNY Plattsburgh), Sandra Penny (The Sage Colleges), Robyn Smyth (Bard), Gautam Sethi (Bard), and Pinar Batur (Vassar).

Evan and Eric at AGU

Research Opportunities

I provide students opportunities to apply their learned knowledge and develop new skills while performing state of the science research. When possible, I help students see a project through the entire scientific process from the generation of a research question to the distribution of results through presentations and publication. Above is a picture of my research student Evan Cazavilan presenting at the 2014 Fall Meeting of the AGU in San Francisco.

I regularly seek out, and have successfully achieved, external funding to support student research opportunities. Previous student projects include analysis of Champlain Valley tree cores, analysis of Adirondack snow chemistry, impacts of NOx reductions on U.S. air quality, the future climate of Lake Champlain, impact of aerosol emissions on drought, and an estimation of the carbon flux from Lake Champlain.

Class in IR

Above, my Climate Change Science class as viewed in the infrared.