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Assistant Professor, Ethnogeology & Karst Science
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Research Description
  • Ethnogeology.  Geological knowledge that is culturally informed.
  • Karst geology.  Paleoclimate reconstruction using stalgmites as proxy.
  • Geoscience education.  Place-based education and multicultural geoscience education.
  • ISCI 100: Physics, Chemistry, and the Human Experience 
  • GEOL 110: Physical Geology
  • GEOL 110L: Physical Geology Lab
  • ISCI 104: Scientific Perspectives (Landscapes in the Anthropocene: The Human Contribution to a Fast Changing Planet)
  • ISCI 171: Earth and Planetary Science for Teachers
  • HON 200: Cuevas del Caribe: Understanding Puerto Rico Caves and Culture Through Geotourism
  • GEOL 291: Writing and Communication in the Geosciences
  • PhD in Ethnogeology, Arizona State University, 
  • MS in Geochemistry, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • BS in Environmental Sciences, Universidad Ana G Mendez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Select Publications
  • Semken, S., & Garcia, Á. A., Jr. (in press). Synergizing standards-based and place-based teaching. Cultural Studies of Science Education,
  • David-Chavez DM, Valdez S, Estevez JB, et al. Community-based (rooted) research for regeneration: understanding benefits, barriers, and resources for Indigenous education and research. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. 2020;16(3):220-232. doi:10.1177/1177180120952896
  • Garcia, A.A., Semken, S. & Brandt, E. The Construction of Cultural Consensus Models to Characterize Ethnogeological Knowledge. Geoheritage 12, 59 (2020).

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