Jonathan Tomkin


  • Ph.D., Earth Science, Australian National University
  • B.Sc., Physics, University of Melbourne

I research how changing climates, surface processes, and tectonic forcings determine the landscapes we see around us, by testing theoretical models of landscape evolution and geodynamics against geomorphological, thermochronological and sedimentalogical observations. Recently, this research has involved fieldwork in the Olympic Mountains, the Patagonian Andes, and the Ross Sea in Antarctica.

Recently I've also been interested in how new technologies - such as MOOCs, video, open-source textbooks, blended classes, in-class response systems, and adaptive learning systems - impact education, both at the student and institutional level.

Petunia Bay, Svalbard

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 100: Planet Earth
  • ESE 200: Earth Systems
  • ENSU 310: Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • ESE 482: Challenges of Sustainability
  • ESE 100: Introduction to Sustainability