Sunset in the Eastern Sierra
Welcome! Geography provides a way to unravel the mysteries of the earth with the simple questions: Where is it? Why is it there? How did it get there? How does it interact with other things? I grew up in the Central Valley of California, and majored in Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. While at Stanford, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Oxford, in England. After Stanford I went to the University of Cambridge, England for graduate study in Geography.
I have headed the Geography department at Foothill College since the Fall of 2000. I love sharing the wonders of the world around us with my students. I believe that I am very fortunate to have the best job in the world! While on sabbatical in Fall 2011 I built a virtual field trip of California Geomorphology based on a series of field classes that I had the opportunity to participate in through UC Berkeley. My Physical Geography students can now visit many of the spectacular sites of California without leaving their computers.
My most recent project is working with the Online Education Initiative (OEI). OEI is a collaborative effort among California community colleges whose goal is to streamline access to online courses and increase Associates degree completion and transfer rates. OEI courses are selected through a rigorous vetting process and must adhere to a very high standard of pedagogy. My Physical Geography online class was selected to participate in the OEI pilot program. The course is a five unit laboratory science class that is completed entirely online.
When I'm not teaching I spend most of my time these days with my family: my husband and my daughter and son. When we can get out of the house, we like to hike in the eastern Sierras near Mono Lake, and "rough it" in Carmel and Monterey.