Lydia Fox

Lydia Fox

Associate Professor
Geosciences Building
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PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1989

BSE, Princeton University, 1981

Curriculum Vitae
LydiaFox2016CV.pdf (49.79 KB)
Teaching Interests

I am passionate about the field of geology/environmental science and enjoy introducing students to the world around them. I love watching the excitement in student's faces when they begin to understand a concept that is new to them. 
My main objective as a professor is to help students learn, I see myself as a guide to the learning process rather than the fountain of all knowledge to impart. When students tell me that they see the world around them with new eyes, then I know I have been successful.

I use a variety of techniques to help students learn: illustrated lectures, group learning/peer teaching, hands-on activities, personal response system ("clickers"), reflective writing assignments, etc. Most importantly, I take students into the field and get them up-close and personal with the rocks and geologic features. Being able to see things in a real-world context helps students learn. 

I challenge students to do their best and I provide them with the tools they will need to succeed.

Research Focus
  • Geochemistry of igneous rocks
  • Granite petrogenesis
  • Hydrothermal albitization of granite
  • Use of writing to enhance learning in undergraduate courses
  • Preparation of pre-service teachers in earth sciences