Laura Guertin

Professor, Earth Science
Office Phone: 610-892-1427
Office Location: Tomezsko Classroom Building, 102

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Laura A. Guertin received her B.A. in Geology from Bucknell University and her Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. Dr. Guertin’s primary research focus is the effective integration of innovative technologies to improve student learning in introductory-level geoscience courses. Research projects with students have included using Palm Pilots, iPods, GPS, Google Earth, and other technological tools for geoscience research and outreach. She has been awarded the Penn State – Commonwealth College Award for Teaching Excellence, Penn State’s George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2009 was recognized at the national level with the Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award, an award that places her in the Geology Hall of Fame.

She is the campus coordinator for the environmental inquiry minor. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, EPA, and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She is a co-principal investigator on a $9.2 million National Science Foundation – Targeted Math Science Partnership grant to improve middle school Earth and space science teaching in Pennsylvania. She is the past chair of the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and a former councilor-at-large with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of Tyler Arboretum. She blogs for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on geoscience education and educational technology at GeoEd Trek: . She enjoys traveling to National Parks, geocaching, and attending Philadelphia sporting events.

Media inquiries on pedagogical integration of technological tools welcome.

Ten Select Publications

Guertin, L.A. (2014). Introducing university students to authentic, hands-on undergraduate geoscience research in entry-level coursework . In: V. Tong (Ed.), Geoscience Research and Education: Teaching at Universities. Netherlands: Springer, 215-221.

Dufoe, A., Guertin, L.A. (2013). Using iBooks Author to create Earth science classroom content for the iPad. The Earth Scientis t, 29(2): 29-31. Undergraduate student lead author.

Guertin, L.A., Stubbs, C., Millet, C., Lee, T.K., Bodek, M.J. (2012). Enhancing geographic and digital literacy with a student-generated course portfolio in Google Earth. Journal of College Science Teaching , 42(2): 32-37.

Guertin, L.A. (2011). Classroom integration of Earth and Space Science news stories through audio. The Earth Scientist , 27(2): 41-45.

Guertin, L.A., Neville, S.E. (2011). Utilizing Google Earth to teach students about global oil spill disasters. Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas , 48(1): 1-8. Undergraduate student co-author.

Scholtz, L.A., Guertin, L.A. (2010). Using tombstone records from Centralia, PA, to evaluate the effects of mining activities on male survivorship. The Pennsylvania Geographer , 48(1): 3-15. Undergraduate student lead author.

Guertin, L.A. (2009). Using Just-in-Time Teaching in the Geosciences . In: S. Simkins & M.H. Maier (Eds.), Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC, 101-116.

Woodruff, J.B., Acuna, E.B., Silano, R.L., Guertin, L.A. (2009). Enhanced podcast of Pennsylvania tree biodiversity in Ridley Creek State Park. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science , 83(2/3): 90-93. Undergraduate student lead authors.

Guertin, L.A., S.E. Zappe, and H. Kim. (2007). Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) exercises to engage students in an introductory-level dinosaur course. Journal of Science Education and Technology 16: 507-514.

Guertin, L.A. (2006). "Integrating handheld technology with field investigations in introductory-level geoscience courses.” Journal of Geoscience Education 54: 143-146.