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David H. Voorhees
(Pemaquid, Maine 2005)
Why should you be interested in earth science?
Please view this short video on U-Tube
My primary professional interests are in geoscience education. I want to bring as much of the vastness and complexity of the earth to my students both in and out of class. As part of that, I am involoved in several projects that are trying to reach out to, not only my students, but also the Waubonsee community.
- Waubonsee Community College is an Educational Affiliate in the IRIS consortium (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), a group dedicated to exploring the earth's interiori and using geophysics and earthquake science. As part of this membership we received an AS-1 seismograph, which has been collecting data since June of 2005. The AS-1 is prominently displayed in our Science Building, and its data is used in our Earth Science and Geology classes and labs. You can see a real-time view of our data here.
- Click here to see how our AS1 has contributed to the IRIS (IRI) regional network of seismometers
- Click here for a list of recent earthquakes
- Click here for an interactive viewer of data from the most recent earthquakes
- I am interested in the issue of sustainablity, and improving the sustainability of myself, my stidents, and the Waubonsee community. I gave a presentation in our Asset Earth seires on sustainability, the powerpoint slides can be found here(I have removed images that might have copyright issues). A list of readings and webites can be found here.
- Waubonsee Community College, in cooperation with the City of Aurora, the Illinois State Museum, and the Illinois State Geological Survey, undertook a systematic archeologic dig to uncover a rumoured mastodont (this is not a typo) under Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park, in Aurora, IL. We didn't find the rumoured mastodont left after the WPA project in the 1930's, but we did uncover significant background data and samples which provides a clearer understanding of the paleoenvironment the Aurora mastodonts lived in, 10,000 to 13,000 years ago.
(Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, 2005)
(GLG100 Field trip, Fall 2009)
This 3 credit course is designed so the student will demonstrate a familiarity with the basic vocabulary of meteorology, geology, and some oceanography. The student will demonstrate an ability to examine earth science information through critical reading, writing, and discussion. In doing so, the student will realize the wonders and complexities of the fragile Planet Earth upon which they are a steward. The student will be able to more fully understand the stewardship role they are undertaking by developing an understanding of the geologic concepts and data that are at the core of current discussions of topics such as climate change, environmental hazards, and sustainable resource management. Specific objective sheets will be distributed which should be used as study guides for exams
This 3 credit course is designed so the student will demonstrate a familiarity with the basic vocabulary and concepts of modern astronomy. The student will demonstrate an ability to examine astronomic information through critical reading, writing, and discussion. Through an understanding of ideas and concepts in astronomy, the student will be able to more fully understand the complexities of one of the fundamental questions of humankind: What was the beginning of the universe like? Along the way, students will discover the contents and composition of our solar system, our own galaxy, and some of the galaxies in the great beyond, and perhaps beyond the edge. Specific objective sheets for each exam will be distributed, which should be used as a study guide.
This 3 credit course is designed so the student will demonstrate a familiarity with the concepts and basic vocabulary of physical geology. The student will demonstrate an ability to examine geological information through critical reading, writing, and discussion. The student will gain an appreciation of the geologic materials and processes that govern, and have governed their familiar physical landscape. Specific objective sheets will be distributed which should be used as study guides for exams.
A laboratory course meant to be taken concurrently with Introduction to Physical Geology (GLG 100). Weekly laboratory work will involve mineral and rock identification, topographic and geologic map exercises, and some field work.
(GLG101, Spring 2011)
This course is intended to address issues that have not traditionally been considered in most environmental discussions. In so doing, this course will contribute to a better trained environmental scientist, a more informed student, and future elector to be able to solve critical local and global environmental issues in the new millennium. These issues include recognition and mitigation of geologic hazards (floods, landslides, subsidence, earthquakes, and volcanoes), groundwater contamination, the source and supply of energy and mineral resources, as well as global warming and climate change.
This course in Physical Geography is designed so the student will demonstrate a familiarity with the basic vocabulary and a working knowledge of the dimensions and processes of many of the environments and systems of the Earth. This will be accomplished by examining the fundamental atmospheric, tectonic, and geomorphic processes that are part of the dynamic, yet fragile planet Earth.
In this class, you will
• Develop a personal definition of sustainability
• Discuss the differences among, and importance of, global climate change, global warming, and weather to sustainability
• Describe the role of anthropogenic greenhouse gases and climate models in global climate change discussions
• Discuss the role of global population in global sustainability
• Discuss the current state of biodiversity, it’s predictions, and it’s influences
• Understand and describe the types of natural resources needed for a sustainable lifestyle, their distributions, and humans impact on those distributions (IPAT).
• Debate the role of developed nations in allowing developing nations to develop sustainably
• Describe the significance of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ to sustainability
• List and describe current economic incentives for business and individuals
• Describe the role of biodiversity and ecologic thresholds in the understanding of the earth’s carrying capacity
• Understand the role of carbon and ecologic footprints in becoming a sustainable world citizen
• Describe the significant global and political sustainability initiatives of the last 20+ years
• Discuss sustainability issues that affect residents of IL, including climate change, energy production, carbon sequestration, production and use of ethanol
• Describe the status of renewable energy sources in IL
• Describe the strategies and actions proposed by the City of Chicago to become more sustainable
• Understand the different types of hybrid vehicles and their status in the CAFÉ standards
• Understand the typical energy users in a typical home, and the role of LEED and RESNET to improving sustainable home energy use
• Describe the significance, differences of, and the different examples of, carbon and ecologic footprints.
• Describe and analyze your water footprint
• Discuss the future of water in this region
• Describe the types and management of solid waste, and the roles of recycling and precycling in becoming more sustainable
• Describe where and how energy is used in your daily life, including the home, your car, and diet
(GLG100 Field Trip, 2011)
Websites I check most every day
Websites for college success
Websites I use in class
General geologyGeo Web cams NY Virtual Field trip Virtual field trips Field Museum, Chicago Virtual periodic table IL Virtual field trips < Geo Webcams Geo by lightplane Grand Canyon UW-Milwaukee general Vitrual fieldtrips
Ground WaterUSGS - groundwater USGS-pesticides in GW Subsidence from GW GW flow Water in Earth/AMS
Geologic timeRadiocarbon info Virtual Dating Time scale Geologic time
MineralsMineral & gem gallery Mineral identification Mineral ID HW Mineral gallery Rock forming minerals
GlaciersAntarctica Rapid climate change Global environments Blackcomb Glac Virtual Antarctica Glaciology links Virtual Glacier Bay, AK Glacial @ U Cinn Glacial photos, ME Jokulhlaup 1 Jokulhlaup 2 Jokulhlaup 3 Jokulhlaup 4 Antarctica Ice Core All about glaciers S America Ice Cores Glacial geomorphology Mt Everest glaciers Glaciers 101 Great Drumlin debate
Fossils & EvolutionLearning from fossil record The Dinosauria Trilobites What is evolution? Dinosauria Systematics Dinosauria cladogram Fossil equines Ichnology Dinosauria On-Line Origin of Species Berkeley on-line Paleo Tree of life Dino Russ Becoming human... eSkeletons
RocksRob Igneous rocks Rocks 201
EarthquakesNew Madrid info Up to minute EQ maps CERI seismic data Virtual EQ USGS National EQ Info New Madrid EQ reports Tsunami info center NEIC New Madrid S CA EQ Northridge New Madrid Coop National EQ Center Real time EQ info Recent EQ descriptions Recent central US EQ UW-Mil recent EQ
Structural & mountainsDeformation of rocks Tallest mountains Mt Everest from space
Weathering & soilsWeathering slides Soil Science education page Soil Order descriptions Geo hazards photos 12 soil ordeers Major Land Resousrce Areas Soils @ UMN Soil order photos Soil structure Soil description Soil texture
VolcanoesMount St Helens MSH summary Kilauea - HI USGS HI Volcano Obs Volcanoes.com MSH pictograms MSH slide set MSH volcano cam MSH devastation map
Tectonic history of N. AmericaAnimated Cordillera Laramide Orogeny Acadian Orogeny N American orogenies Acadian Orogeny cartoon
Mass WastingUSGS Landslides Landslide features National landslide map MSH debris avalanche MSH mud flow Rockslide @ Yosemite NASA: Natural hazards Mass wasting hazard map US
Plate tectonicsPlate reconstructions PT tutorial USGS: Dynamic Earth Animated plate reconstructs Plate cartoons Plates of the World PT and people San Andreas PT animations PT pictures PT excercises Tectonic map Plates PT tutorial Plate boundaries PT animations 2
DesertsDesert geology & resources Desert ecology Desert Env & Geol World deserts Deserts of the World Desert Watch Digital desert library Mojave desert geol San Filipe desert Chihuahuan Desert Desert biomes
Running waterUSGS water resources-US Water on Mars Grand Canyon geology Grand Canyon flood exper USGS real time water data NASA 93 flood Landsat images 93 flood 93 flood:areal total % ppt 93 flood:county damage 93 flood:extent by river 93flood:USACE Virtual River Fox River Ecosystem Mississippi RIver Map an IL watershed
EnvironmentalEPA Environmental Literacy Upper IL River Basin USGS NAWQA 93 Miss River flood pix 93 flood info Edwards Aquifer MTBE in drinking water MTBE remediation MTBE remediation 2 MTBE case studies MTBE & EPA LUST Yucca Mountain Environmetal Working Group How landfills work About LMOP EWG: Nuclear waste transport
Global warmingNOAA FAQ Temp/ ppt @ LGM UN-Climate Change NOAA paleoclimate EPA glob warm EPA greenhouse gas CO2 Society The Global Change Program Carbon Dioxide Info Current Greenhouse Gas Concentrations CO2 1600 to present Intergovernmental Panel-Climate Change Methane
Panoramas of sea floor Ocean planet virtual museum Ocean drilling program USGS Coastal & Marine USGS Coastal & Marine Coastal change Hurricanes & coasts LA Barrier Islands Black smokers Woods Hole animations NOVA: Into abyss Sea mountains! SEAWIFS pix Sea Surface Temps Sea Level rise, EPA Sea level rise: FL SEAwifs home NOAA: Ocean explorer
Astronomy 101Astronomy HyperText Book General Topics Strobel Elementary Astronomy Astronomy.com APOD CASS Public Education Home Page Sky and Telescope Magazine HOA - Homepage Spaceflight Now McDonaldObservatory Adler Planetarium The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology Astronomy Resource Center Space flight Skylights CASS public outreach NASA image library Animated virtual planetarium Why are there seasons? "Bad" astronomy Astro applet collection Exponential notation How to simplify a number NASA photojournal Retrograde motion
MoonEarth and Moon Viewer The Moon 1 The Moon 2 Inconstant moon Lunar phases Apollo Landing Sites Apollo Named lunar formations Exploring the Moon Hitch guide to Moon Moon phase pictures Lunar landing sites Lunar orbiter map of moon
ArcheoastronomyStonehenge Stonehenge, Wiltshire Earth Mysteries Indexes of Biographies History of Astronomy The Galileo Project, Homepage Geocentric model Greek astronomy History of astronomy Mayan astro Aboriginal astro Galileo's sunspots
Sun & data servicesEspenak NavyObsdata services World timezones map Vernal Equinox SunAngle Analemma Equation of Time The Sunspot Cycle Sunspots and the Solar Cycle Sundials NASS Sundial Links Sundials sundial links Making a horizontal sundial Eclipses 101
Stars & galaxiesAstronomy Web Simulations Nasa greatest photos Space Telescope Science Institute Home Page Hubble - News&Views STScI/HST Public Information STScI/HST Pictures HST Imagesby Subject Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram Virtual Trips to Black Holes & Neutron Star Falling into a Black Hole Black Holes and Beyond Planetary Nebulae Nebuale Image Gallery Introduction to Supernovae Extrasolar Planet Extrasolar Planets Web Sites LOcal group of galaxies Milky Way Galaxy Determining extragalactic distances Cepheid yardstick Alpha Centauri 12 ly: The Local Group Milky Way
Solar systemThe Nine Planets Solar System Simulator PlanetScapes Solar views Exploring the Planets - Cyber-Center Planetary Photojournal: NASA Mercury Transit Io Images reveal lakes, snow Galileo Project Home Mars Exploration MSSS Mars Image Release Directory Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Mars Pathfinder - Science Results Near Earth Asteroid Mission Jupiter Comet SL9 Mars THEMIS mapping Jupiter satellites Earth-sun relationships Exploring Mars & craters Exploring MArs Planetary science @ NSSDC Comets & meteor showers Solar system live Planetary fact sheets NASA origins Extrasolar planet encylopedia Exosolar Planet Society Phases of inner planets Mars exploration NSSDC photos of Mars Mars images
Observing & night skyStar Chart Constellation List Star Names Asterisms Heavens-Above Main Page Stars and Constellations Stars The Dome of the Sky What is the VLA? The VLA ALPO VLA first 20 years Constellations Hubble site Hubble Heritage site Big Dipper Orion Ursa Major The Drinking Gourd Cassiopeia & VLA Mythology of constellations Messier database
CosmologyCosmology Tutorial - Part 3 Ned Wright dark_matter 15 billion year Universe
Meteorology 101WW2010 Passport to Knowledge WWW Weather Web Links Atmos phenomena Coriolis force
Water, clouds, pptFlood safety Atmosph water Weather Image Gallery Water Vapor in the Climate System… PSC Cloud Boutique Relative Humidity Snow crystals Cloud atlas Humidity
Weather: data & forecastsCrystal Lake, IL Weather Current Weather - Rockford SPR Radar Illinois Data U of WI Atmospheric & Oceanic US Radar Tropical Prediction Center/NHC Numerical Model Output Prof. Roebber NGM Model Forecasts DataStreme Junction Virtual Weather Map Room USNO Data Services Real-Time Weather: Model Page GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE SERVER NWS: Chicago Accuweather radar Kane County 2 day forecast Hourly temp statistics Weather Underground: Midwest
Severe stormsWinter storm terms NOAA Storm watch Advanced Spotters Field Guide Latest Cool Image from SPC Supercells
Climate dataClimate Prediction Center Climate Outlooks, El… ILStateClimatologist El Niño @ NGS el-nino/topex El Niño Theme Page palmer drought Global Climate Change:U MI CO2 Society CO2 graphic Current greenhouse gas IPCC Abrupt climate change Midwest Climate Chicago climate: NWS Methane concentrations
Thunder & lightningA Lightning Primer : GHCC Lightning Detection from Space Explore the Science of Lightni… Lightning Red sprites & blue jets
Tornadoes & hurricanesHurricane/Tropical Data NWSTornado AR tornado 1999 1974 Tornado Outbreak AR tornadoes - NWS SPC: Monthly Tornado Stats TX tornado 2000 NOAA / Tornadoes Storm Chasing Tours National Hurricane Center
MapsGoLive Inc. Maps 101: Topo basics State geologic maps USGS factsheets Map scales Map projections-math Map projeciotns-detailed Color landform maps of US states UTM 101 John Harrison & longitude problem Lat/long distance calculator USGS Map scales Township & range Gallery of projections 3G on 3W IL digital maps Map a watershed Topozone Tools of the geographer
Biomes & climateClimate lab Ecosystems Biomes Virtual library of ecology NOAA: US climate maps USFS: Ecosystems
Phys Geog 101Hydrosphere info GIS links GIS: IDRISI Geog 101 IL geography & misc IL facts Guide to the 50 states Canadian geomorphology
Earth ImagesNASA Earth Observatory NASA EOS
(Acadia National Park, ME, 2005)
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
•Instructor of Earth Science and Geology at Waubonsee Community College since 2002. Taught Physical Geology and Earth Science at 2 other Illinois Community Colleges for 5 years and various geology discussion sections and labs at the University of Illinois.
•Coursework and research for a Ph.D. degree in geology (ABD), specializing in glacial geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, with supplemental coursework in hydrology and soils.
•Seven years experience as an Exploration Geologist for two major oil companies
Ph.D.(ABD): Geology UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, Urbana, Illinois
Dissertation: Stone bed sedimentology and petrography of Wisconsinan tills used to infer subglacial bed conditions in Northern Illinois.
M.S.: Geology RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, Troy, New York: 1983
Thesis: The Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Petrography of the Oriskany Sandstone in Eastern New York State.
B.A.: Economics UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER: 1980
SIGNIFICANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Associate Professor: Waubonsee Community College: 2009-present
Assistant Professor: Waubonsee Community College: 2008-2009
Instructor: Waubonsee Community College: 2002-2008; tenure effective in September 2005
Responsible for developing and teaching lecture sections and laboratories in Earth Science, Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Astronomy, and Physical Geography; in addition to curriculum development and community-based outreach activities.
Interim Dean of Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Division: WCC, 5/05 to 9/05
Temporary position during national search for permanent candidate, responsible for scheduling of classes, personnel issues, and budgetary duties for the Division.
Adjunct Instructor: McHenry County College and College of Lake County: 1997-2002.
Taught lecture sections and laboratories in Earth Science, Physical Geology, and Environmental Geology.
Exploration Geologist: Gulf Oil Corporation / Chevron U.S.A., New Orleans, LA: 1982-89.
Identified drillable oil and gas prospects in the Gulf of Mexico through interpretation of electric logs, reflection seismic data and reservoir parameters to assess structural /stratigraphic relationships and fluid content of both producing and potential petroleum reservoirs. Includes three years supervisory experience in well site evaluation.
Earth Science education, Quaternary stratigraphy, sedimentology and landscapes, glacial geology and geomorphology; fluvial landscapes and environments and their relationships to environmental problems.
HONORS AND AWARDS
• Campus wide list of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (Fall 1991, Fall 1992), Geology Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant (Fall 1992)
• Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research (1982, 1995)
• Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Geological Honor Society (1982)
• Participation in Penrose Conference on Fractured Unlithified Aquitards: Origins and Transport Processes (1994).
• Participation in the Technical Workshop on the Micromorphology of Glacial Deposits, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1993)
• Nominee for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) U.S. Professors of the Year Award (2005)
• Promoted to Assistant Professor (August 2008)
• Promoted to Associate Professor (August 2009)
• Principal Investigator on a 5 year NSF grant to Waubonsee Community College “Waubonsee Community College S-STEM Scholarship Program”
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Earth Science Teachers Association
Geological Society of America
American Quaternary Association
Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers
American Geophysical Union
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Illinois Science Teachers Association
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Hansel, A. K., Johnson, W. H., and Voorhees, D. H., 1993, Subglacial till of deformation origin from the last glacial episode in Central Illinois (abs.), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 25, no. 6, p. A-393.
Marshak, S. and Voorhees, D. H., 1993, Planet Earth, Discussion Session Notes, Ginn Press, Needham Heights, MA, 73 p.
Moore-Moauro, D.S., and Voorhees, D.H., 2006, Implementation of a fossil preparation lab as an enhancement to activity based learning for the Earth Science, Geology, and Biology laboratory curriculum at Waubonsee Community College(abs), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 7, p 499.
Oliver, J.S., Curry, B., Stafford, T.W., and Voorhees, D., 2005, The Aurora Mastodont Project: Implications of new radiocarbon dates for understanding the timing and causes of the Late Pleistocene extinction event (abs.), 2nd International Congress “The World of Elephants”.
Voorhees, D. H., 1993, Methodology and preliminary results of a petrographic study of Midcontinent, USA glacial diamictons, Technical Workshop on the Micromorphology of Glacial Deposits, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 18-24 September 1993.
Voorhees, D. H., 1995, Microscopic inhomogeneities of the macroscopically homogeneous subglacial tills in Illinois (abs.), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, no. 6, p. A-59.
Voorhees, D. H., 1996, Evidence and implications of a stone bed of a subglacial fluvial origin in east-central Illinois (abs.), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 28, no. 7, p. A-111.
Voorhees, D.H., 2006, Simple implementation of the oil game as an effective problem-based learning exercise into an Environmental Geology lecture-format class (abs), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 7, p. 523
Voorhees, D.H., 2005, Education and outreach opportunities at Waubonsee Community College, a new IRIS Educational Affiliate (abs), 2005 UNAVCO / IRIS Joint Workshop, Dolce Skamania Lodge, WA
Voorhees, D.H., 2008, Aurora Mastodont Project 2004 – A successful outreach and educational experiment, inCurry, B. (ed), Deglacial History and Paleoenvironments of Northeastern Illinois, 54th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference, DeKalb, IL, Illinois State Geological Survey Open File 2008-1, p. 112 – 122.
Voorhees, D.H., 2008, In-class active engagement exercises for rapid assessment and student development of the scientific method, in Fraknoi, A., (ed), Cosmos in the Classroom 2007, Conference Proceedings, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, p. 111-116.
Voorhees, D.H., 2009, “Asset Earth” as a method of outreach to improve the scientific literacy of Waubonsee Community College students and the Waubonsee Community, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 41, no. 4, p. 26.
Voorhees, D.H., 2010, What is sustainability and how do we teach it?, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 531.
Voorhees, D.H., and H.S. Forsthoff, 1985, Oil and Gas Developments in Louisiana Gulf Coast Offshore in 1984, American Association Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 69, p. 1604-1607.
Voorhees, D. H., Johnson, W. H., and Hansel, A. K., 1994, Glacigenic stone horizons as indicators of subglacial bed conditions in north-central Illinois (abs.), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 26, no. 7, p. A-125.
Voorhees, David H., Oliver, James S., Curry, Brandon B., and Saunders, Jeffrey J., 2004, Interdisciplinary collaboration in the extraction of mastodont and associated faunal remains in Phillips Park, Aurora, IL (abs.), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no. 5, p. 420
Voorhees, David H., Oliver, James S., Saunders, Jeffrey J., and Curry, B. Brandon, 2004, Excavation of mastodont remains from Mastodon Lake in Aurora, IL (abs.), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no. 3, p. 9
Weiss, E.A., and D.H. Voorhees, 1984, Oil and Gas Developments in Louisiana Gulf Coast Offshore in 1983, American Association Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 68, p. 1367-1369
(Createous - Paleogene (formerly Tertiary) boundary, dinosaur extinction above scale, Stevns Klint, Denmark, 2010)
Sugar Grove Campus
None during the summer