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Stephen Getty

Dir of Quantitative Reasoning

Steve has held various research positions at Harvard, UC Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico. His areas of published research in geology include the evolution of mountain belts (Appalachians, Alps, North American Cordillera), methods for radiometric age dating (U-Th-Pb, Sm-Nd geochronology), and applying isotopic tracers to Earth systems (e.g., coral, human bones, aerosols, and pollutants in lichens). 

Following a 3-year position as Visiting Professor of Geology at Colorado College, he worked for 12 years in curriculum development and educational research at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. Over this period, he was a lead writer and developer on many curriculum projects, as well as a PI/Co-PI on a number of educational research projects. Grants and contracts for these projects were awarded from entities such as NASA, NSF, and the U.S. Department of Education. Steve’s teaching has included undergraduate courses, and many workshops and longer institutes with science teachers in Colorado and around the nation. Currently, he is the Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center (QRC) at Colorado College.   

Publications

His areas of published research in geology include the evolution of mountain belts (Appalachians, Alps, North American Cordillera), methods for radiometric age dating (U-Th-Pb, Sm-Nd geochronology), and applying isotopic tracers to Earth systems (e.g., coral, human bones, aerosols, and pollutants in lichens). 

Steve in the Field
Steve in the Field

Education

    Steve Getty received a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University.