Joanne Urquhart

Laboratory Instructor

Teaching this semester

EOS 1105. Investigating Earth, L1

Dynamic processes, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, shape the earth. Class lectures and exercises examine these processes from the framework of plate tectonics. Weekly field laboratories explore rocks exposed along the Maine coast. During the course, students complete a research project on Maine geology.

Joanne teaches laboratories for EOS introductory courses and conducts field research to support course projects.  Projects range from nearby locations in the Portland area to Lubec in downeast Maine and she works with students to investigate the geology of many islands, peninsulas, and beaches in between. With emphasis on the outdoor natural laboratory, the curriculum is primarily field-based and engages students to explore intersections with geology and the way we live. She actively integrates learning strategies from Bowdoin’s Center for Learning and Teaching to help students reach their academic potential.


  • M.S., Dartmouth
  • B.S., SUNY