Educational Materials

I have created a variety of educational materials and activities for undergraduate level oceanography and geology students and welcome their use in other educational settings. Feel free to use these materials yourself. I do request that you contact me for the answer keys so that I can track how/when/where/etc. these materials are used and set up a conversation for valuable constructive feedback.


Coastal Sedimentation: Past, Present, and Future

This activity guides students through coastal sedimentation of the past, present, and future. Students will learn to read a sediment record as a story of past coastal migration due to sea level fluctuations (Part 1). Students will also estimate modern sediment transport visually and mathematically and hypothesize why discrepancies between theoretical predictions and real observations exist (Part 2). Finally, students will apply newly learned theories and their hypothesis by predicting how coastal environments may change in the future in response to a variety of stressors such as damn installation and climate change (Part 3).

Estimated Time: 2 hours in class, 1 hour out of class


Sediment Dynamics in the Benthic Boundary Layer

This activity guides students through quantitative analysis of real nearshore sedimentation data from Washington State’s continental shelf. Students should have previously learned the theory behind critical shear stress as it applies to sediment transport in the benthic boundary layer. In this activity, the students will apply these theories to predict sediment transport along a continual shelf. Students will ultimately create a connection between these seemingly abstract theories and the stability of coastal communities.

Estimated Time: 1.5 hours in class


Coastal Depositional Environments – Waves, Deltas, and Sediment Transport

This activity teaches students how to read a coastline and surmise what processes control the shoreline morphology. Students will work through a jigsaw activity to learn how waves transform and drive sediment transport and control coastline stability (Part 1). Students will also learn how waves, tides, and river processes control delta formation and surface expression (Part 2). Finally, students will apply what they learned  by looking at real shorelines and hypothesizing what processes must have shaped these environments (Part 3).

Estimated Time: 2 hours in class, 30 min out of class