I am developing a new course, Narrating Climate Change: Making the Global Personal, with Heidi Kim (English & Comparative Literature), as part of UNC’s Integrated Curricula Program!  The Integrated Curricula Program aims to integrate the arts and humanities with science. This course will be taught in Spring 2020!  GEOG 89 / ENGL 89.

I am in my 3rd year as a faculty mentor for the UNC Johnston Scholars program.

Starting in 2019, I am part of UNC’s Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE program, aimed at promoting accessible, equitable, and effective mentoring across the University, with emphasis on supporting women in STEM fields.

I am a 2019-2020 IMPACTS (Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication Through Science) training fellow, a state-wide public science communication training and outreach initiative through the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.

At UNC, I have been involved with Project Uplift, a summer program designed to increase access to higher education for high-school seniors,  especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education, and the Finish Line Project, designed to ensure more first-generation college students access, persist, and complete post-secondary study.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, I was part of the Greenlaw 101 Interactive Lecture Hall Pilot Study.  There is a feature on this in our Geography Spring 2016 Newsletter (p.6).

Below you can find short descriptions of courses I have taught recently; go HERE for all courses currently offered in the UNC-CH Geography Department.

GEOG89: First-Year Seminar & GEOG65H: First-Year Honors Seminar — Climate Change & the Media

Climate change has been called both the “greatest hoax” ever perpetuimage625ated and the “most urgent threat” facing the world.  While scientists produce volume after volume of consensus documents on climate change, the popular debate rages on, fueled by print and TV news, blogs, movies, and fiction.  Experts, pseudo-experts, and casual observers debate causes, consequences, and remedies in every form of media.  In this class, we will explore the popular debate on climate change through an examination of its presentation in the media.  We will cover the scientific basis of climate change, focusing on how the science is presented, distorted, and debated in the public sphere by alarmists, denialists, and everyone in between.  Through reading and writing exercises, class viewings, discussions, and presentations, students will encounter many points of view, explore a variety of media sources, and develop informed perspectives on one of the defining issues of our time.

GEOG110: Environmental Systems

image568This course provides students with an introduction to physical geography and environmental systems science.  We cover the major components of the ‘earth system’ – atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere – including regulatory processes, distribution patterns, and impacts of human activity.  The class will help students to better understand their natural environment – here in North Carolina, as well as in other locations.

GEOG414: Climate Change

image549The Earth’s climate has become front-page news and is at the forefront of scientific inquiry.  This course provides a “hands on” introduction to climate change science through a combination of lecture and lab activities.  The physical principles governing the Earth’s climate system and variability in the system through time are be covered to provide a solid background in climate science.  The course then delves into the scientific basis of climate change and the current state of knowledge concerning future projections and their implications for society and the environment.  Lab activities include working with a variety of climate data and climate model output, performing basic analyses, and thinking critically about the results.

 GEOG416: Applied Climatology 

Climate intersects with society across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, water resources, air quality, energy, and human health.  Applied climatology is interdisciplinary in nature, involving the application of climatic data and techniques to solve a wide range of environmental problems.  In this projects-based course, we apply data and techniques to understand how climate impacts environmental and social systems.

GEOG 416 is a designated Research Intensive Course and meets one of the criteria of the Carolina Research Scholars Program (http://our.unc.edu/students/crsp). Research-intensive courses are defined as classes in which over half of course time is devoted to students conducting original research and presenting research conclusions.

GEOG704: Communicating Geography

image5481Communicating Geography, a required course for new graduate students in the Department of Geography at UNC, has two major objectives. The first objective is to introduce new graduate students to the discipline of Geography and to explore the ways in which geographers approach a wide range of research topics through a focus on current faculty research within the department.  The second objective is to enhance the graduate school experience and help students succeed in graduate school and beyond by working on professional development skills.

GEOG801/GEOG811: Seminar in Earth System Science and Biophysical Geography



Fall 2014: Climate Change Consensus: The 2013/2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report #5 (IPCC AR5)

Spring 2017: Making your research matter: Effective communication and visualization of information

Spring 2018: Climate Change Workshop with King’s College London

Fall 2019: Data Assimilation, Dendrochronology, and Data Processing