Heather Almquist

Professional Title
Research Associate
About Me (Bio)
Heather Almquist, Ph.D is an associate researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Geography at The University of Montana. She is a Quaternary geologist with over 25 years of research, teaching, and administrative experience, and formerly served as Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Maine and co-Director of the Maine NSF EPSCoR program. She served as PI for the NSF-ITEST Paleo Exploration Project, which provided professional development to K-12 teachers in the application of geospatial technology to geological research, and currently leads the NSF-DR K-12 Cyber-Enabled Earth Exploration project, which is developing learning materials in earth science for middle school classrooms.
University of Montana

This project is developing new instructional materials for middle school earth science classes that incorporate emerging cyber-enabled technologies such as Google Earth as a transformative data analysis tool. The materials emphasize the use of claims, evidence, and reasoning in the exploration of volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate tectonics, leading students through a process of discovery to help them build a deeper understanding of the driving forces and resulting manifestations of plate tectonics.