“Science is more than a process of seeking new knowledge. It’s a way of overcoming our own opinions and biases by thinking critically and systematically about ourselves and our interactions with what is around us.”
Associate ProfessorEnvironmental Studies
Germán Mora is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his doctorate in 2000, with a specialization in past climate changes and stable isotope geochemistry at Indiana University. Prior to arriving at Goucher in 2009, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, working on geo-biological research, and taught at Iowa State University and Montgomery College. At Goucher College, he teaches a broad range of survey and thematic courses that address the intersectionality of science and society in regards to understanding and addressing environmental issues. His research explores the effects of urbanization on water quality and the provision of ecological services, shifts in the water cycle as a result of past climatic events, and more effective pedagogical strategies to improve environmental literacy.
Dvorak, M., Mora, G., Graniero, L., & Surge, D. (2016). Carbon and nitrogen tracers of land use effects on net ecosystem metabolism in mangrove estuaries, southwest Florida. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 181, 14-26.
Mora, G., 2013. The Need for Geologists in Sustainable Development. GSA Today, 23, 23–37.
Heimann, A., Spry, P.G., Teale, G.S., Leyh, W.R., Conor, C.H.H., Mora, G., and O'Brien, J.J., 2013. Geochemistry and genesis of low-grade metasediment-hosted Zn–Pb–Ag mineralization, southern Proterozoic Curnamona Province, Australia. Journal of Geochemical Exploration,128,97–116.
Mora, G. (2010), Peer Instruction and Lecture Tutorials equally improve student learning in introductory geology classes. Journal of Geoscience Education,58, 286-296.
Jaramillo C., Ochoa D., Contreras L., Pagani M., Carvajal-Ortiz H., Pratt L.M., Krishnan S., Cardona A., Romero M., Quiroz L., Rodriguez G., Rueda M.J., de la Parra F., Morón S., Green W., Bayona G., Montes C., Quintero O., Ramirez R., Mora G., Schouten S., Bermudez H., Navarrete R., Parra F., Alvarán M., Osorno J., Crowley J.L., Valencia V., Vervoort J. (2010), Effects of Rapid Global Warming at the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary on Neotropical Vegetation. Science, 330, 957-961.
Carvajal*, H., Mora, G., and Jaramillo, C. (2009), Chronostratigraphic value of the carbon isotope composition of terrestrial organic matter to correlate Paleocene-Eocene marine and terrestrial sequences. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 277, 173-183.
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
Mora, G., 2015. Pace at which students master scientific abilities in a scaffolded laboratory assignments of an introductory environmental science course. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 7, p.661.
Fazekas, M. and Mora, G., 2014. Abundance and characterization of dissolved organic carbon in suburban streams of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco.
Fazekas, M. and Mora, G., 2013. Comparing degassing rates of carbon dioxide from first order streams in suburban Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 7, p.664.
Mora, G. 2012. Transport and transfer of carbon to the atmosphere by small streams exhibiting different levels of urbanization in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 44, p.608.
Blaser, L., Everett, A., and Mora, G., 2011, Geochemical study of small streams in the Baltimore area suggests enhanced carbon export from urban settings. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43, p.165.
Mora, G., 2010, Two active learning techniques promoted student learning of introductory Earth Science concepts but failed to improve metacognitive skills. EOS, American Geophysical Union.
Mora, G., 2009, Peer instruction improves students’ understanding of geoscience concepts. National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Eastern Section Meeting.
Academic or Professional Associations
Geological Society of America
American Geophysical Union