University of Hawaii

Brian N. Popp


I typically alternate teaching undergraduate classes in the Fall and graduate classes in the Spring.


Undergraduate Classes


· GG 101 Dynamic Earth

This introduces physical geology to non-majors. This class explores the natural physical environment; the landscape; rocks and minerals, rivers and oceans; volcanism, earthquakes, and other processes inside the Earth; effects of human use of the Earth and its resources.


· GG 106 Environmental Geology

This in a new course for non-majors that Chip Fletcher and I have just proposed. As the human population increases, many decisions concerning our use of natural resources will determine our standard of living and the quality of our environment. Earth's dynamic and changing environment constitutes one of the most compelling and exciting areas of study. This is a course on environmental geology, which is the application of geologic information to the entire spectrum of interactions between people and the physical environment. This course helps non-science majors develop an understanding of how geology and humanity interface.


· GG 421 Geological History of Climate Change

Over the last 50 years, scientists have outlined the basics of how Earth’s climate has varied in the past, and have uncovered many of the explanations behind these changes.  As a result, some parts of the multifaceted story of Earth’s climate history have begun to capture the attention of Earth and Ocean science students as well as the public at large.  People are naturally curious about climate, probably because this is a subject the average person can easily comprehend.  This curiosity is spurred by the realization that human beings are now beginning to alter Earth’s climate.  This course will explore the basic climatic responses of Earth’s major systems and subsystems (ice, water, air, vegetation and land), and trace their interactions through Earth History.


Graduate Classes


· GG 639 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry

This course is designed for graduate students in the physical sciences. The course in an introduction to stable isotope chemistry and focuses on use of this tool to study biogeochemical and ecological processes in a variety of environments.


· GG 711 Seminar in Isotope Biogeochemistry

This in a seminar course for graduate students in the physical sciences. In this course we explore in depth a subject or subjects of interest to the students enrolled. For example, in one year we focused on using stable isotopes in marine food web studies and in another year we spent the semester reviewing studies using compound-specific nitrogen isotope analyses of amino acids and developed new analytical techniques for these analyses in the laboratory. Each year is different and you should consult me about the subject before enrolling.