Teaching



The Licht Lab is part of a larger paleo community from across the departments of Earth and Space Sciences, Biology, and Anthropology, as well as the Burke Museum, that interact on a regular basis. Check it out:

I (Licht) teach Sedimentary Geology and stratigraphy at the University of Washington and focus on field-based education. Here is an exhaustive list of the current classes I teach.





ESS 400 – Summer field camp (Summer quarter):

Lead Instructors: Alexis Licht, Darrel Cowan, Mike McGroder

The summer field camp is UW Earth and Space Sciences traditional field course with 6 weeks of field work in Dillon, Montana. Projects include mapping, constructing a stratigraphic column, and learning field techniques in fluvial geomorphology. It is ideal for students who wish to pursue field-based research in a graduate program.

Prerequisite: ESS 211, 212, 213 and one of ESS 311, 312, 313, or 314 or permission of the instructor.



ESS 455 – Stratigraphy (Winter quarter):

Lead Instructor: Alexis Licht

The course introduces students to the basics of stratigraphy. It familiarizes them with the basic tools for interpreting the age, geometry, and architecture of sedimentary archives. It has many applications, from paleo sciences that reconstruct Earth history (paleoclimatology, tectonics, paleontology, paleobotany) to economic geology and the study of ore deposits and petroleum reservoirs.

The course includes a 7-day fieldtrip to Death Valley.

Prerequisite: Evolution of the Earth (ESS 213).



ESS 456 – Sedimentary Geology and depositional environments (Spring quarter):

Lead Instructors: Alexis Licht, Chuck Nittrouer

The course introduces students to the principles of sedimentary facies analysis, including survey of modern processes that produce sedimentary sequences. Students are trained to the recognition of various depositional environments represented in the geologic record, including terrestrial, marine terrigenous, and carbonate environments.

The course includes a one-day fieldtrip to the Puget Sound shorelines and a three-days fieldtrip around the Olympic peninsula.

Prerequisite: Evolution of the Earth (ESS 213).



ESS 213 – Evolution of the Earth (Spring quarter):

Lead Instructors: Alexis Licht, Roger Buick

This class is a broad introduction to the History of the Earth and to the major geological fields that allowed reconstructing it, including stratigraphy, paleobotany, and paleontology. We address the physical, chemical, biological, and plate tectonic evolution of the earth’s crust, seawater, and atmosphere.

The course includes two one-day field excursions.

Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 2.0 in either ESS 210, ESS 211, or ESS 212.


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