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Ralph Dawes


Department/Role Earth Sciences (Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy) faculty member

A degree in literature from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and degrees in geology/geochemistry from Western Washington University (BS) and the University of Washington (MS, PhD). Memberships in Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, North American Geoscience Teachers, Washington Science Teachers Association.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Geology, Introduction to Astronomy, Geology of the Pacific Northwest, Introduction to Weather and Climate, Environmental Geology, Earth's Changing Climate. 

Year Joined WVC 1999
Office 3008
Phone 682-6754
E-mail Address rdawes@wvc.edu
Areas of Prof. Interest

Earth, from the core to the atmosphere, is a primary field of interest for Ralph, including relations among earth systems, of which humans are part and take part. Astronomy, from what you can see in the night sky to what you cannot see (black holes, dark matter) are another interest of his. How the earth sciences can be experienced through group activities and interactive techniques, are a constant pursuit. He also has an interest in making use of technology to create new, high-quality educational opportunities for students and does some of his teaching online. Ralph has been president of the Northwest section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and on a review panel of the National Science Foundation for Earth Science Education, among other professional activities.

Hobbies In the company of his wife Cheryl, Ralph enjoys hiking, camping, reading, researching the earth and its systems, and free-time geologizing in rocky and scenic places.

Ralph Dawes
Earth Sciences (Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy)
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Phone: (509) 682-6800
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