Kate Pound is a geologist at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Click on image for full size
Image courtesy of Kate Pound.
I am a geologist, and I teach Geology and Science Education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. My favorite course to teach is field geology - that is probably because hiking and enjoying the outdoors are some my favorite activities, along with trying to interpret the 'stories' that rocks and sediments are telling us. I also teach a field geology course called TIMES (Teaching Inquiry-based Minnesota Earth Science) for Teachers through Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I've also taught at the University of St. Thomas, and at the Minneapolis Campus of the Fond-du-Lac Tribal and Community College, and for a while I was the 'Geologist in Residence' at the Children's Museum of Minnesota for the "Miss Frizzle Inside the Earth" exhibit. I also spent two years working at the Minnesota Geological Survey when I first moved to Minnesota.
Geologists like to "get out in the field" a lot. In my early days (after I had finished my Bachelor's degree at Middlebury College) I worked as a field assistant in California, Baja, and Alaska. After completing my Ph.D. in paleozoic rocks in the northwest part of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, I worked in the Broken Hill and Mt. Isa regions in Australia. Now I get to go to Antarctica with the ANDRILL Project - I am excited! As I prepare for this adventure I have been presenting to Elementary and Middle Schools – the teachers and kids are all excited to learn about Antarctica with me, and follow my adventures 'On the Ice.'
When I am not preparing for class or outdoors, I try to get to Twins games with my son Ben, to the theater with my son Josh, or play scrabble with them. When I first moved to Minnesota from Australia I got a ticket for not shoveling the snow off the sidewalk soon enough - oops! I hope my family shovels the sidewalk while I am away in Antarctica!
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, ranging from seismology
, rocks and minerals
, and Earth system science
You might also be interested in:
Antarctica is unique. It is the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on Earth. The land is barren and mostly covered with a thick sheet of ice. Antarctica is almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle...more
This is my 10th year with the Anchorage School District as a science teacher, currently working with K-12 teachers around the district rather than in a classroom. My most recent classroom time was as a...more
Robin Frisch-Gleason brings a background in both geology and teaching to the ANDRILL Project. Robin's first career was geology. She received her B.A. in Geology from Oberlin College in 1982, and her M.S....more
I'm a New Zealand teacher. I teach geography to high school students before some of them go on to university. We try to teach as much geology and earth science as we can, and we go on lots of field trips....more
Hello Everyone! We are not in Antarctica yet - but we are getting closer! We are now in Christchurch, New Zealand. We still have to get all our Extreme Cold Weather Gear from the Clothing Distribution...more
After arriving in New Zealand the ARISE team realized that we will not see or smell flowers for a very long time. When I was in Antarctica in 2002 it was amazing how devoid of senses we were - there were...more
Dear everyone, I am settling in to life at McMurdo Station as we wait for the first core samples to be brought to Crary Lab from the drill site, which is about 25 km to the NW of McMurdo Station. While...more