I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University. I am very excited to be returning to Central Ohio after my Ph.D. work at The Pennsylvania State University. My teaching and research is covers a broad swath of Physical Geography and Remote Sensing. Specifically, in my dissertation work, I use satellite imagery to map supra-glacial melt lakes in western Greenland and relate their size and occurrence to local and synoptic-scale climate variables.
My interests also include climate change, with particular focus on the Arctic. As the polar regions are experiencing the largest increases in temperature, changes in this environment are very dynamic and rapid. Additionally, my interests take me to observing changes in water resources in the Western United States (e.g., The 2014 California Drought). I also look atimpacts of development (mainly due to tourism) on the natural environment. For this, I work with an OWU alumna, Amy Work ('04) [left on the image below]. She heads a non-profit, Geoporter, in the costal town of Bahia Ballena.
I am excited to be part of the Ohio Wesleyan faculty as we strive to connect our students with the world around us. I believe this is most evident with the collaborative work with Geoporter.
I have also discovered a new passion of mine: geoscience education. Although it doesn't sound incredibly attractive, I feel that learning and following best practices in education, doesn't just help students learn content, but pushes them to be immersed with the subject matter. Over the summer of 2016, I participated in several pedagogical workshops with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, or NAGT, to implement changes in my curriculum. By the way, the Earth Educators' Rendezvous is a pretty awesome workshop where I learned A LOT. I urge you to check them out for the summer of 2017. I also attended the AAC&U workshop by Ohio Kaleidoscope (P-KAL) at Capital University.
In my spare time (when I have it), I enjoy playing some online trivia/games, including: Sporcle and Geoguessr. As a pastime, I travel the country, marking down the counties that I have visited. Here's an updated map of the places I've been to, making significant headway during the 2016 summer!
You can also follow me on twitter: @glacierguynate or search for me on Facebook @Nate Amador