Positions

Overview

  • I grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on the westernmost valley and ridge in the Appalachian Mountains. Coal deliveries to our home for stoking the basement furnace during the cold winter months became the first geological quarry of my collecting career — the pyrite veins were irresistible in my eyes. Just blocks from my house stood an entire hillside of fossiliferous stone in which I collected trilobites and other fossils of the Paleozoic Era. As a guest investigator at an archeological site in Israel, I found a hippopotamus tooth that documented these animals living in the Jordan River some 780,000 years ago. However, I was most excited when, as a college student, I stumbled upon a boulder that later revealed a new genus and species of ancient fish, eventually given my family name — Sterropterygion brandei.

    The UAB geology department, in which I taught a diversity of undergraduate geology courses for 19 years, closed in 1998 and I joined the chemistry department. I don’t believe in knowledge silos. My wide-ranging interests in geoscience, biology, and technology for education have driven me through departmental and disciplinary walls like an asteroid through the roof. I have a secondary appointment in the department of electrical and computer engineering, and I serve on graduate committees across campus, from biology to engineering. I collaborate with colleagues in Turkey and Israel. And I engage in public service, speaking to local clubs, school groups from kindergarten through high school. I am an entrepreneur, having co-invented and continue to develop with Kursat Arslan, my Turkish colleague, web software for teaching and learning, which the UAB Research Foundation nominated to 2012 Alabama Launchpad competition. Our project made it to the finals, but we didn’t win the $100,000. Bummer. For more detailed information, check out my social network profiles on LinkedIn and Google+.
  • Selected Publications

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    1991 Principles of Stratigraphic Analysis 1991

    Teaching Activities

  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • CE200 - Engineering Geology (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES107 - Dir Readings in Earth Science (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ES709 - Directed Readings in Geology (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ES609 - Directed Readings in Geology (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ES709 - Directed Readings in Geology (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ES107 - Dir Readings in Earth Science (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ES107 - Dir Readings in Earth Science (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES103 - History of the Earth (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES104 - History of the Earth Lab (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES107 - Dir Readings in Earth Science (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES107 - Dir Readings in Earth Science (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES109 - Planet Earth (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ES103 - History of the Earth (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ES104 - History of the Earth Lab (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ES109 - Planet Earth (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ES103 - History of the Earth (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ES104 - History of the Earth Lab (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ES109 - Planet Earth (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • ES103 - History of the Earth (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • ES104 - History of the Earth Lab (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • ES101 - Physical Geology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • ES102 - Physical Geology Lab (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • ES107 - Dir Readings in Earth Science (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • ES109 - Planet Earth (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Planetary Sciences, State University of New York System : Stony Brook 1979
  • Awards And Honors

    Full Name

  • Scott Brande