Graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences program
Every year Joan Fryxell, a professor of geological sciences, leads a hike to a section of the San Andreas Fault as part of the Great Shakeout Drill.
Joan Fryxell says her motivation for teaching general undergraduate education is her conviction that science must be made more accessible to the general public. Geology is an effective avenue through which to pursue that goal, due to its tangibility and integrative nature. In the past several years, this has expanded to include teaching about natural disasters, including preparation and evaluating information that includes uncertainty (such as climate change). Every year Fryxell leads a hike to a section of the San Andreas Fault as part of the Great Shakeout Drill.
Fryxell is the graduate coordinator in the CSUSB Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences program. She has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of North Carolina, a master’s degree in botany from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Earlham College.