INSTRUCTOR: Alexander Glass
OFFICE: Online Only
E-MAIL: email@example.com (this is the best way to get a hold of me)
PERSONAL WEBSITE: Alexander Glass on Duke WordPress
GRADEBOOK ACCESS (ONLY): Website on Sakai
WORDPRESS COURSE ACCESS (PRIMARY): Class Website on WordPress is under sites.duke.edu/eos102
OFFICE HOURS: TBD
I was born in and spent my childhood in Hildesheim, Germany before moving to the Chicago burbs in 1989. After trying out pre-med, biology, anthropology, and chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I took my first geology class. It was love at first sight. After a two year Masters at The Ohio State University, and another five years at U of I, I got my Ph.D. in geology with a focus in invertebrate paleontology. When I do get to do research I focus almost entirely on the fossil record of brittle stars. During my first job, a two year stint at Central Washington University, WA, I met my wife, and geologist-in-crime Jen. After moving to NC and Duke University in 2007, we got married on Precambrian gneisses along the NC Blue Ridge Parkway and soon thereafter I adopted my sons Adam (24) and Kyle (21).
I am unapologetically in love with rocks, the natural world, and living things (especially of the crawly kind). I love hiking, camping, gardening, carpentry, and playing board games. I am an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, a genre I consider Literature with a capital “L”. I enjoy and collect German radio dramas, and consider paper-modelling a form of meditation. I am obsessed with all things geology, paleontology, evolution, biology, and zoology. I have been a lifelong “fringewatcher”, being deeply involved in the science and religion, and creation-evolution discussion. Lately, I have also been dragged into the climate change denier debate.