Dr. Tim Bralower

Dr. Bralower on online education

Over the 33 years that I have been a professor, the Earth Sciences have been transformed by issues related to the future sustainability of our planet. The way students learn has also changed radically, teaching technology has been revolutionized and online education has become a powerful way of educating non-traditional students. I've really enjoyed developing online materials that are active and problem-based, with content that is increasingly centered on Earth challenges and their solutions.

Dr. Bralower's Biography

Dr. Tim Bralower (Ph.D. 1986, Earth Sciences, University of California) is Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies ancient climate change and mass extinction from the geological record. He has participated in five expeditions with the International Ocean Discovery Program and conducted field studies from Europe to the Caribbean and South America. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Bralower was Head of the Department of Geosciences for nine years. See what he has to say about online education in earth sciences. Read more about Dr. Bralower.

Dr. Bralower's Courses

Course Spotlight

pile of maps

Cartography and Visualization (GEOG 486) covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools. Students will be introduced to future-focused application topics such as augmented and virtual reality, mapping with multivariate glyphs, the visual depiction of uncertainty, interactive geovisualization, and (geo)visual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Fritz Kessler

Dr. Fritz Kessler has taught various online courses in the Master's of Geographic Information Systems at Penn State since 2007. He's also an avid cyclist and musician. Learn more about Dr. Kessler, see what he has to say about online education, and hear him play a tune on the mandolin.