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INSTRUCTOR: Alexander Glass
OFFICE: Online Only
E-MAIL: (this is the best way to get a hold of me)
PERSONAL WEBSITE: Alexander Glass on Duke WordPress
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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.

My family lives on 1.1 acres of deciduous woodland in Efland, NC with one hamster, four cats, two turtles, one leopard gecko, four hermit crabs, and seven chickens.

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