Karin Kirk

Learn more about my work in : Science Education | Skiing | Natural Stone | Gardening

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Science Writing and Outreach

The benefits of scientific advancements are only fully realized when they are shared with a broad audience. As a writer and science educator, I enjoy translating science into an appealing and practical message.
TEDx Bozeman 2016 Karin Kirk Healing the Divide on Climate Change YouTube screenshot and link TEDx Bozeman 2016 Karin KIrk Healing the Divide on Climate Change

TEDx Bozeman 2016 Healing the Divide on Climate Change
In the public sphere, the topic of climate change tends to be polarizing, confusing, and contentious. But there are easy ways to frame the climate conversation that have been shown to unite disparate audiences. This talk shares a hopeful and actionable message to help pave the way for forward progress.

EARTH Magazine cover, March 2016 EARTH Snow Science feature article screenshot
Earth Magazine
Cover, March 2016
Slipping Point: Snow Scientists Dig in to Decipher Avalanche Triggers
EARTH Magazine, March 2016
Cover image Puyehue Earth Magazine, Skiing into the Heart of a Volcano
EARTH Magazine
Cover, April 2015
Skiing into the Heart of an Andean Volcano
EARTH Magazine, April 2015
Screen shot from 32 Degrees article, Let's Talk about Climate Change  
Let's Talk About Climate Change
32 Degrees, Fall 2015
 

Science Education

list of academic publications

Science education has been my career since 1993 when I began teaching geology at Skidmore College. My roles in education have included classroom teaching, online teaching, leading professional development workshops for college faculty, and educational writing. I have been fortunate to do much of this work with the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. Currently I am engaged in projects involving climate education, discipline-based science education research, website usability, and innovative methods for teaching physics.
First Generation Studnets screenshot
Supporting First-Generation Students
at Two-Year Colleges

Lead Author
Self Regulated Learning screenshot
Self-Regulated Learning:
Choosing and Using the Best Strategies for the Task

Lead Author
Validation screenshot
Using Validation to Empower Two-Year College Students
Lead Author
This suite of web modules for the SAGE 2YC project is designed to help faculty at two-year colleges support their students. Through this series of web pages, educators can learn about the needs of their students, understand challenges particular to different types of students, and use classroom strategies to help all students feel welcome and be successful.
Arctic Climate Curriculum
Arctic Climate Curriculum
Co-author
Three modules for high school science students to explore Arctic climate data. Developed in cooperation with CIRES - University of Colorado.
Climate dot gov screenshot
NOAA climate.gov
Usability Research
Evaluating the usability of the climate.gov portal to help inform NOAA's website design process.
Direct Measurement Videos
Direct Measurement Videos
Web Content Manager
Using high-resolution videos to teach physics concepts.
Energy Literacy
Teaching Energy Literacy

Lead author
A set of 7 web pages to help educators teach the principles of Energy Literacy. Developed in cooperation with CLEAN.
Climate Literacy
Teaching Climate Literacy

Co-author
A set of 7 web pages to help educators teach the principles of Climate Literacy. Developed in cooperation with CLEAN.
Building a workforce for a sustainable future
Workforce for a Sustainable Future

Lead author
Preparing students for careers in earth, environment, energy and sustainability.

The Lifestyle Project
The Lifestyle Project
Lead author
An innovative environmental challenge for students and citizens that redefines one's approach to resource use.

Affective Domain in the Classroom
The Affective Domain in the Classroom
Lead author
Tackling issues of motivation, self-efficacy, and advice for teaching controversial topics.

Teaching Online screenshot from On the Cutting Edge
Teaching Geoscience Online
Lead author; workshop leader
Materials to help college geoscience instructors improve their online teaching.
Journal of Geoscience Education, special issue on climate literacy
Undergraduate Climate Education: Motivations, Strategies, Successes, and Support
Lead author
Synthesis of 6 years of professional development workshops to improve climate literacy.
JGE Cover Aug 2015
Arctic Climate Connections Curriculum: A Model for Bringing Authentic Data Into the Classroom
Second author
A high school science curriculum that helps students - and teachers - learn how to work with real climate data.


Full list of academic publications and presentations

Skiing

As a ski instructor for over 15 years, one of my favorite things to do is explain something in a way that helps a person grasp a new concept, make a change in their skiing, and have more fun. A natural next step is to share these same ideas via the written word. I leave out all the technical jargon and explain skiing in simple, straightforward English with a dash of humor. Skiing is fun, right? Reading about it should be too.
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Inside Ski vs. Outside Ski
Carve, February 2016

Steep Skiing Techniques:
The Slarve, Schmear, Drifter Turn...

Carve, January 2016
Miss Mountain Manners:
Illuminating Your Ski Etiquette Questions

Carve, December 2015
Downhill Skills for the Backcountry - Outside Bozeman - screenshot 32 Degrees - Bouncing Back from Exam Setbacks - screenshot
Practice Makes Perfect:
Downhill Skills for the Backcountry

Outside Bozeman, Winter 2015-16

If at First You Don't Succeed...
Bouncing Back from Exam Setbacks

32 Degrees, Winter 2015
Powder Magazine screenshot Ski Town Bozeman Screen shot from 32 Degrees article, Let's Talk about Climate Change Backcountry Skiing in Yellowstone, Backcountry Magazine
Passing Through: Bozeman
Powder Magazine, October 8, 2015
Let's Talk About Climate Change
32 Degrees, Fall 2015
Skiing in Yellowstone: Top Notch Peak
Backcountry Magazine, June 3, 2015
Cover image Puyehue Earth Magazine, Skiing into the Heart of a Volcano
EARTH Magazine
Cover, April 2015
Skiing into the Heart of an Andean Volcano
EARTH Magazine, April 2015
Bust your Intermediate Rut Skiing Efficiently, Carve 2015 Grownups Guide to Hully Gully
Break on Through:
Busting Your Intermediate Rut

Carve, February 2015
How to Ski Efficiently
Carve, January 2015
Hully Gully: The Grownup's Guide
Outside Bozeman Online, February 2015
Motivating Snowsports Students - 32 Degrees, Winter 2014 Mythbusters, skiing style. Outside Bozeman, Winter 2014-2015 The Great One in Backcountry Magazine
How to Light that Fire of Motivation
32 Degrees, Winter 2015
Mythbusters, Skiing Edition
Outside Bozeman, Winter 2014-15
The Great One: Montana's Summertime Chill Zone
Backcountry Magazine, July 25, 2014
Four Fundamentals Moguls Made Easy Sprucing up your Parallel Turns
All the Right Moves: Four Fundamental Principles that Define Good Skiing
Carve, March 2014
Moguls Made Easy
Carve, February 2014
Sprucing up your Parallel Turns
Carve, December 2013
Chasing Volcanoes Assembling the Ultimate Ski Quiver
Chasing Volcanoes: Kick Starting Ski Season in the Far South
Carve, March 2014
Assembling the Ultimate Ski Quiver
Carve, February 2014
Skiing Powder vs Groomers Ready for the Ridge? Self-Efficacy: Do you Believe you can be Successful?
Powder vs. Groomer
Carve, January 2013
Ready for the Ridge?
Carve, February 2013
Self Efficacy: Do You Believe You Can Be Successful?
32 Degrees, Winter 2012

Natural Stone

I bring a geoscience education perspective to the natural stone industry through a project I call Countertop Geology. Through workshops and webinars, I'm working with the Marble Institute of America to improve the industry's knowledge of stone. The promotional pieces below share a geologic perspective to help consumers appreciate their personal slice of the Earth's crust.
Screen shot from rock cycle article at usenaturalstone.com Screen shot from Stone Personality Quiz from UseNaturalStone.com Screen shot from A Moment in Time article on UseNaturalStone.com
A Wild Ride Through the Rock Cycle
UseNaturalStone.com
What's Your Stone Personality?
UseNaturalStone.com
A Moment in Time: Telling the Stories in Natural Stone
UseNaturalStone.com
Gardening
Like most gardeners, I learned at the expense of sweat, dirt and labor-intensive mistakes. But after surviving a decade of Montana gardening, two stints on the Bozeman Garden Tour and more hailstorms than I care to remember, I enjoy passing along some of my favorite aspects of gardening. And I can stay clean while doing so.

Backyard Bouquets, Rocky Mtn Gardening, Summer 2015

12 Months in the Greenhouse

Build a Rocky Mt. Stone Wall
Backyard Bouquets
Rocky Mountain Gardening, Summer 2015
A 12-Month Greenhouse Plan
Zone 4, Fall 2014
Build a Rocky Mountain Stone Wall
Zone 4, Spring 2014
 
 

Articles in press:

The Greater Good of Snowsports Instruction - 32 Degrees
Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: The Highs and Lows of Snowsports - 32 Degrees
Why isn't my Student Learning? - 32 Degrees


Contact info

Karin Kirk

Karin Kirk

karin at kirkframeworks.com


406 582 9084