I have worked at Arizona State University for the past eight years, designing, developing, building, testing, teaching, and researching innovative pedagogical designs, simulators, and tools for teaching science content. My pilot project, an online exploratory astrobiology course (Habitable Worlds), was co-developed with Dr. Ariel Anbar. It served as the launching point for the Center for Education Through eXploration, of which I am currently a part. Principles and pedagogies developed and refined through Habitable Worlds are now deeply integrated into all center projects, and Habitable Worlds itself is now offered at many universities throughout the country. Most recently, I have been working with other units within ASU to develop exploratory learning experiences that integrate geosciences and space sciences with cultural studies, political sciences, and diplomacy.
I completed a PhD in geosciences and astrobiology at Pennsylvania State University in 2009, specializing in geochemistry and soil sciences. I have almost twenty years of experience teaching computer science, web technologies, and Earth sciences. I have also traveled extensively, telling and collecting stories wherever I go, which I integrate into my teaching and design.