Katharine W Huntington
This course is for advanced undergraduate majors in ESS or earth-science related fields, and meets concurrently with ESS 590. We will read primary scientific literature, focusing on a tectonics and erosion related theme selected by the class.
Student learning goals
Students will be familiar with some current research topics pertaining to tectonics and erosion.
Students will be able to read original research papers and understand the main messages and methods of the research.
Students will propose a hypothetical research project, and clearly communicate the motivation, question, goals, methods, and implications of the work in a written abstract and oral presentation, and discuss the proposal in a collegial atmosphere with classmates and instructor.
General method of instruction
Seminar style class.
Students should have taken ESS 211, 210 or similar. ESS 418 or other scientific communication course would be useful.
Class assignments and grading
Grades are based on participation in web-based and in-class discussions of the literature, and on a capstone research proposal (abstract and oral presentation), developed with the assistance of peers and instructor, that explores some aspect of the topics or methods discussed in class.