Brendan Hanger
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma, March 2018

Since August 2017, I have been a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. The focus of my teaching is igneous and metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, introductory geology, field geology and volcanology.


Until July 2017, I was a teaching fellow (lecturer) at the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES), Australian National University. My teaching load included EMSC1006: The Blue Planet (introductory earth systems science),  EMSC2017: Rocks & Minerals (igneous petrology/mineralogy) and EMSC3025: Groundwater. I am passionate about earth science education and how we can improve outcomes for our students. In order to do this I regularly undertake teaching related professional development and have presented at geoscience education conferences. In 2016 I was awarded the KSW Campbell Award for outstanding teaching at RSES, and was accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

In 2014 I completed my PhD at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University under the supervision of Dr Greg Yaxley. My project utilised igneous and experimental petrology techniques to examine the relationship between oxygen fugacity and metasomatism in the cratonic lithosphere, by examining garnet peridotite xenoliths. Techniques include petrography, electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as well as high pressure experiments. I have also been involved in a number of synchrotron experiments using Fe K-edge XANES to determine Fe oxidation states in garnet and thus calculate oxygen fugacity, these have been performed of the X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.


I have also enjoyed the opportunities I have to teach undergraduate students and perform outreach activities within the school and the local community, as well as blogging at OnCirculation.

You can contact me at brendan.hanger at gmail.com or find me on Twitter.


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