Associate Professor in Chemistry
College of Arts & Sciences
PhD, 1979, Earth Science - Paleontology, SUNY at Stony Brook
MS, 1974, Geology, California Institute of Technology
BS, 1972, Biology-Geology (dual degree), University of Rochester
For nearly 20 years I taught geology courses in the department of geology, and for five years at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Alabama). After the closure of UAB’s geology department, I taught geology for archaeologists (department of anthropology), and critical thinking in University 101, a freshman year experience for conditionally admitted students. I continued to teach, and still teach, some earth science courses with laboratory sections.
In 2006, I was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award from the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies.
I am a co-author of Principles of StratigraphIC ANALYSIS (Harvey Blatt, W. B. N. Berry, and Scott Brande. 1991. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Boston. 512pp.)
I have always enjoyed cross-disciplinary research with colleagues and students. Among other research areas, I have contributed to statistical studies of moon rocks, the isotopic body temperature of Tyrannosaurus rex, and the geometric modeling of shape of fractured coal particles. During a sabbatical in Israel, I modeled the geometric shapes of Acheulian handaxes from a Pleistocene deposit in the Hula valley, and I worked with archaeologists and biologists on the paleoecology of molluscan faunas. I have done grant supported research in the recent geological history of Mobile Bay, Alabama USA. I received an educational grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of innovative wireless technologies for use in an undergraduate geoscience laboratory.
I have been an organizer for the Birmingham leg of the 2nd International Symposium of the Silurian System (1996; M. Johnson, Williams College, convenor); a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (June-August 1994); and an invited participant at the NATO Advanced Study Institute held in Il Ciocco, Italy (July 1993). During sabbatical leave, I was a visiting research associate in the Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel (December 1991 - March 1992, December 1992 - March 1993).
I have an extensive record of presentations on earth science to local school science classes, service organizations, and science clubs. I served as vice-chair of Alabama’s department of education State Textbook Committee for the review of science books (1983), and reviewed the state geology and earth science curriculum (2005).