Jeffrey W. Tolhurst, Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. Geological Sciences/Geoscience Education
1999                               University of South Carolina        Columbia, South Carolina

M. S. Environmental Systems/Geology

1995                                Humboldt State University           Arcata, California

Physical Sciences Single Subject Teaching Credential

1987                                U.C. Santa Barbara                     Santa Barbara, California

B. A. Geological Sciences

1983                                U.C. Santa Barbara                     Santa Barbara, California

 

General Studies

1978-1980                        Monterey Peninsula College         Monterey, California

Professional Experience

Professor
1996 – Present                  Columbia College                        Sonora, California
Geosciences, Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems

Professor
Fall 2001                           Chapman University                    Modesto, California
Earth Science

Instructor
1991-1996                         University of South Carolina, Furman University,
                                         Humboldt State University, and College of the Redwoods
College Level Geoscience Courses

Consultant/Hydrologist
1991-1994                         Trinity Restoration Associates       Arcata, California
Surveying, 3D Digital Terrain Mapping, AutoCAD Drafting, 2 and 3D Channel Form
and Sediment Budget Analyses

Teacher
1986-1991                          San Benito High School                Hollister, California
Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science

Hydrologic Technician

1983-1986                          United States Geological Survey    Santa Barbara, California
Borehole Geophysical Wireline Logging, Stream Surveying and Data
Collection and Interpretation

Awards

Awarded Sabbatical Leave for 2016/17; proposal included 3 projects: 1) develop a UAS/Drone technology class and a microcredential skills attainment certificate UAS/Drone program; 2) develop 20 Earthcaches and maintain currency in our geoscience field program; and 3) research, design, and implement a marketing, outreach, and recruitment program for GIS and update GIS curriculum

Columbia College Teacher of the Year (2011-2012)

Who's Who in America (61st edition 2007)

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2003-2004; 2004-2005; 2005-2006)

California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) 2001 Excellence in Education Award - Outstanding Contributions by a Small College in Advancing GIS Educational Opportunities, presented to Columbia College at the CalGIS Conference in Sacramento, CA., March 2002.

Columbia College Faculty Recognition (2001) presented by Dean Dave Willson in recognition of contributions and service to Columbia College.

Joseph Woolford, M.D. Eureka Rotary Club Student Fellowship ($1,000), 1992.

National Association of Geology Teachers (NAGT) Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award, 1989.

Geological Society of America (GSA) Excellence in Teaching Award, 1989.

Member of the Northern California Community College Cross Country Championship Team (Monterey Peninsula College), 1977.

Sportsmanship Award, The York School, 1977.

Awarded letters in 5 sports in high school (Track, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, and Golf) (1973-1977).

Publications
& Talks

Keynote Address: "Drones in GIS" talk given to Dinner With A Scientist (DWAS), hosted by the Calaveras County Office of Education at the Calaveras River Academy, San Andreas, CA, November 17, 2016.

Keynote Address: "Drones in GIS"; talk given on GIS Day hosted by CSU Stanislaus, Turlock, CA on November 16, 2016.

"Drones in GIS" talk given at the Sacramento GIS User Group Meeting, New City Hall, Council Chambers, City of Sacramento, 915 I Street, Sacramento CA, November 18, 2016.

"Drones in GIS" talk given at the Gold Country GIS User Group (GCUG) meeting, Cedar 1, Columbia College, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora, CA, June 22, 2016.

Talk on "Using Drones and Other Unmanned Aerial Systems in Remote Sensing" by Jeff Tolhurst, Connor Beatty, John Parker Donnelley, and Domingo "Donnie" Escamilla, presented to the GIS Gold Country User Group (GCUG), June 25, 2015, Sonora, CA.

Talk on the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) "Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology TI-1" presented to the Tuolumne County Amateur Radio and Electronics Society (TCARES) on October 5, 2014, Sonora, CA.

Talk on the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) "Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology TI-1" presented to the Calaveras Amateur Radio Society (CARS) on September 16, 2014, Angels Camp, CA.

Integrated Geospatial Education Technology and Training (iGETT) Institute participant; 18 month professional development project from (2013-14); deliverables included: 1) "Comparing Supervised to Unsupervised Classification to Map Geology" remote sensing activity; and 2) iGETT RS Concept Module: "Measuring Spectral Responses of 2 Types of Earth Materials Using an ALTA II Reflectance Spectrometer", August 20, 2014.

"GIS and Frontiers of Knowledge" conference presenter at a round table discussion on "Pathways to Education" hosted by the California Geographic Information Association's 3rd Annual Geospatial Summit Conference at the University of California, Merced, April 5, 2013.

"Sword Lake Debris Flow" by Jeff Tolhurst, Ph.D. (field trip leader); published in Geological Excursions in the Sonora Pass Region of the Sierra Nevada; a Guidebook prepared for the Fall Conference, Far Western Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Conference hosted by Modesto Junior College at the High Sierra Institute at Baker Station, September 7-9, 2012.

"Using ArcGIS in the Classroom" (K-12) (Tech-N-Take); Capitol Area Science Education Leaders (CASEL) "Hands On Minds On" afternoon breakout session activity given at San Joaquin County Office of Education; January 21, 1012.

"Geocaching With Kids" (K-12) (Tech-N-Take); Capitol Area Science Education Leaders (CASEL) "Hands On Minds On" morning breakout session activity given at San Joaquin County Office of Education; January 21, 1012.

"Natural Disasters: A Talk for Science Students on: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Flooding, Landslides, Subsidence, Severe Weather, Climate Change, Wildfires, Impacts & Extinctions"; keynote speaker for "Dinner With A Scientist" (DWAS), Columbia College, Sonora, CA; sponsored by the Tuolumne and San Joaquin County Offices of Education; February 5, 2009.

Columbia College Library Slope Stability Analysis; unpublished analysis completed for the Columbia College Library Staff and Facilities Committee; December 2, 2008.

View-Obstructing Pines at the Columbia College Observatory: A Presentation to the Columbia College Facilities Committee by Christopher DeMars and Jeff Tolhurst, Ph.D.; unpublished analysis presented to the Columbia College Facilities Committee; October 3, 2008.

Honeycomb Cavern Proposal; by Jeff Tolhurst, Ph.D., Cody Baker, and Jeff Fitzwater; proposal to open Honeycomb Cavern on the Columbia College campus submitted and talk presented to the Columbia College Facilities Committee; October 3, 2008.

"The Columbia College GIS Program: Are We Meeting Our Goals?"; talk given with Susannah (Mae)
Frantz and Kimberly Grissom at the CalGIS conference, Modesto, CA, April 23, 2008.

"The Columbia College GIS Program: Are We Meeting Our Goals?"; talk given with Susannah (Mae)
Frantz and Kimberly Grissom at the Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI) Gold Country
User Group meeting, January 16, 2008.

"Geology of the Central Sierra"; Editor for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Far
Western Section Fall 2006 Conference Guidebook; 2006; 161 pp.; Coordinator for conference (~90
participants) held at Columbia College, September 29-October 1, 2006.

"The Magnitude 9.0 Sumatra-Andaman Islands Megathrust Earthquake and Tsunamis of December 26,
2004"; public talk and PowerPoint presentation given on January 12, 2005 at the Dogwood Forum,
Columbia College, Sonora, California.

Combining Project-based Learning, Service Learning, and Geomedicine by Monica Ramirez, Ph.D. and
Jeff Tolhurst, Ph.D.; Poster presented at NSF/NAGT sponsored "On the Cutting Edge" Workshops for
Geoscience Faculty:
Geology and Human Health,
May 12-15, 2004, Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT.

Tuolumne County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Map created with students enrolled in the
Computer Science/Geography 59 course at Columbia College for the Tuolumne County Hazard
Mitigation Task Force Group (map required by the Homeland Security Department), April, 2004.

California Regional Environmental Education Community Network (CREEC) Geology Field Trip and Inservice Leader for K-12 teachers form Calaveras County on "Geology of the Mother Lode", Camp Nine Road, Murphys, California, October 13, 2003.

"Astronomy Night at Columbia College"; talk given to participants along with a visit to the Columbia
College Observatory for Fundraiser and Benefit for the
Sierra Waldorf School; 2003.

Confluent Geoscience Education: An Holistic Approach to Learning Earth Science”; Faculty
Presentation Series talk given to the Academic Achievement Center, Columbia College, Sonora,
California, November, 12, 2002.

"Marine Science, Technology, and GIS" talk given to the Environmental Systems Research Institute
(ESRI) Gold Country User Group, Murphys, California, September 18, 2002.

Using ArcGIS to Determine Habitat Suitability Models for the Giant White Sea Anemone (Metridium
giganteum
) and for the Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata)
; Poster presentation given at the MATE
(Marine Advanced Technological Education) 2002 Summer GIS Institute; Funded by the National
Science Foundation; Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California, July 28-August 3, 2002.

"Geology and Natural Disasters of Calaveras County"; talk given to the Forrest Meadows Owners
Association, Murphys, California, January, 2001.

Geology of Tuolumne County”; talk given to the Tuolumne County Historical Society, Sonora, California, February 2000.

Effectiveness of a Mining Simulation Cooperative Learning Activity on the Cognitive and Affective
Achievement of Students in a Lower Division Physical Geology Course – A Confluent Approach
;

1999; 156 pp.; Jeffrey W. Tolhurst; Ph.D. Dissertation; University of South Carolina, Columbia, South
Carolina, 29205.

Earthquakes on the Calaveras Fault: Fact or Fiction? The Geology, Seismology, and
Paleoseismology of the Calaveras Fault
(1999); Keith Kelson, Jeff Tolhurst, and David Manaker;
Special Publication 119, Geologic Field Trips in Northern California, Centennial Meeting of the
Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America; pp. 160-175.

A Constructivist Approach To A Large-Enrollment Undergraduate Environmental Education
Course
; (May/June 1999); John Richard Carpenter, Jeffrey W. Tolhurst, Elizabeth A. Day,
Stephen Zenger, Amy Barron, and Katherine Dozier; Journal of Geoscience Education, Volume
47, Number 3, May 1999; pp. 249-254.

Summary of the Geologic Setting along the San Andreas Fault near Hollister, California (by
Jeff Tolhurst) and Field Trip to Hollister/Cienega Road/ San Juan Bautista/Aromas (by Jeff
Tolhurst and Mike Whittier) published in The Living Geology of the Sierra Nevada, Great
Valley and Coast Ranges of California
; a Guidebook prepared for the Fall Conference, Far
Western Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Modesto Junior College,
September 18-20, 1998.

A Project-Driven, Constructivist Course in Geographic Information and Global Positioning
Systems for Community College Students
; Jeffrey W. Tolhurst; Abstract submitted and talk given
to the Annual Conference on GIS Education, GISED, Towson University/Eastern Michigan University,
Ypsilanti, Michigan; 1998.

An Interactive Constructivist/Earth Systems-Based Course in Environmental Education for
College Students
(1997); John R. Carpenter and Jeffrey Tolhurst; Abstract for talk given at the
Second International Conference on Geoscience Education, Hilo, Hawaii.

And the Question is…Authentic Assessment in an Undergraduate General Education College
Geology Class
, October 1995, Abstract and poster session presented at the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Forum 95 on Assessment, Washington, D.C.; also
published in “Workshop on Effective and Innovative Teaching Techniques”, co-sponsored by the
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and the Geological Society of America (GSA),
New Orleans, LA, Annual National Meeting of the GSA; November 3, 1995.

Historical Analysis of Geomorphic Channel Changes, Lower Mad River,
Humboldt County,
California
; (1995); 267 pp.; Jeffrey W. Tolhurst; M.S. Thesis; Humboldt State University, Arcata,
California
, 95521
.

Using Simulation to Teach Earth Science Concepts, Abstract presented at the Geological
Society of America,
Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Section meeting, Reno
, NV., May 1993.

Microfossil Foraminifera and Evolution, Earth Science curriculum published by the Monterey Bay
Aquarium,
Monterey, California, 1991.

Sediment Pollution by
Jeff Tolhurst, in “A Sedimentary Geologists’ Guide to Helping K-12 Earth
Science Teachers: Hints, Ideas, Activities, and Resources; edited by Molly F. Miller, R.
Heather Macdonald, Linda E. Okland, Steven R. Roof, and Lauret E. Savoy; published by SEPM
(Society for Sedimentary Geology); P.O. Box 4756, Tulsa, OK  74159-0756; 1990.

Aftershock: The Loma Prieta Earthquake and its Impact on San Benito County; (1990); Jeff
Tolhurst, technical advisor; Seismic Publications, 642 San Benito St., Hollister, CA  95023.

Additional Professional Activities

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for ~225 3rd-8th
grade students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored
by the Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus from August 3-7,
2015.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Teacher's Institute 2 on Wireless Technology participant at the
ARRL Headquarters, Newington, Connecticut; July 20-24, 2015. (40 hours of training on remote sensing, wireless technology, programming, and robotics).

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for ~190 3rd-8th
grade students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored
by the Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus from August 4-8,
2014.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Teacher's Institute on Wireless Technology participant at the
ARRL Headquarters, Newington, Connecticut; July 22-25, 2014. (32 hours of training on wireless
technology, programming, and robotics).

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for ~189 3rd-8th
grade students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored
by the Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus from August 5-9,
2013.

Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training - Remote Sensing (iGETT-RS) Institute
participant at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science
(EROS) Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; June 18-26, 2013. (60 hours of training on remote
sensing technology).

Curriculum Development and Testing for Project STORE (Studying Topography, Orographic Rainfall,
and Ecosystems), using innovative Geospatial Information Technology-based learning in earth and
environmental science studies with a focus on the meteorological and ecological impacts of climate
change.
A project with SRI (Stanford Research Institute), funded by the National Science Foundation
(2012).

Gold Country GIS User Group (GCUG) steering committee member and conference organizer; the conferences
invite GIS professionals, technicians, and students to listen to talks and poster presentations given by
professionals on cutting edge GIS/GPS/Geospatial technology; (2008-Present).

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for 3rd-8th grade
students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored by the
Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus from August 6-10, 2012.

Content Area Specialist/Instructor for Tuolumne/Calaveras/Amador the Teaching of Science (TCATS),
a regional California Mat
h and Science Partnership Grant program funded by the California Department
of Education partnered wi
th the Sonora Elementary School District; the Geoscience Institute
was held at Columbia College for 52
3rd-8th grade teachers; June 18-23, 2012.

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for 3rd-8th grade
students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored by the
Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus from August 1-5, 2011.

Content Area Specialist/Instructor for Rural Instruction in Science Education (RISE), a regional
California Math and Science Partnership Grant program funded by the California Department of Education
and sponsored by the San Joaquin County Office of Education; the Geoscience Institute was held at
Columbia College for
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers; June 25 to July 1, 2011.

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for 3rd-8th grade
students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored by the
Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus from July 19-23, 2010.

Content Area Specialist/Instructor for Summit to Sand (STS), a regional California Math and Science
Partnership Grant program funded by the California Department of Education and sponsored by the
San Joaquin County Office of Education; the Geoscience Institute was held at Columbia College for
third
through 8th grade teachers; June 26 to July 2, 2010.

Instructor for Mad About Science (MAS), a 1 week intensive science camp program for 3rd-8th grade
students from Tuolumne County funded by Front Porch Network Technology Co. and sponsored by the
Tuolumne County Office of Education held on the Columbia College campus during the summer of 2009.

Content Area Specialist/Instructor for Science Technology Assistance for Rural Teachers and Small
Districts
(STARTS), a regional California Math and Science Partnership Grant program funded by the
California Department of Education and sponsored by the San Joaquin and Merced County Offices of
Education; the Geoscience Institute was held at Columbia College and the High Sierra Institute for

Kindergarten, First, and Second grade teachers; June 21-26, 2009.

Content Area Specialist/Instructor for Science Technology Assistance for Rural Teachers and Small
Districts
(STARTS), a regional California Math and Science Partnership Grant program funded by the
California Department of Education and sponsored by the San Joaquin and Merced County Offices of
Education; the Geoscience Institute was held at Columbia College and the High Sierra Institute for
4th,
5th, 6th and 7th grade earth science teachers; June 24-29, 2007.

High Sierra Learning Center at Baker Station Coordinator, August 2005 - December 2006

Content Area Specialist/Instructor for the Delta Sierra Science Project (DSSP); Columbia College and
San Joaquin County Office of Education; 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th grade earth science teacher training
institute; July 11-16, 2005 and June 25-30, 2006.

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Executive Committee Member and
Councilor-at-Large (elected for term 2002-2006).

One of 16 participants from around the U.S. selected for the Marine Advanced Technology in Education's (MATE's) 2002 Summer Institute for Faculty Development: "Marine Science, Technology, and GIS"; July 28- August 3, 2002.

One of 14 participants from around the U.S. invited to the National Science Foundation Two Year
College Leadership Workshop for the Geosciences, NSF Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia; September
8-9, 2000.

Planning Team Member and Presenter for “Building Quantitative Skills of Students in Geoscience
Courses: A Workshop to Examine Successful Practices and Promote Course and Curricular
Revision
”; hosted by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and funded by the
National Science Foundation (NSF) at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO; July 11-15, 2000.

One of 100 participants invited to DLESE (Digital Library for Earth Systems Education) design phase
conference, funded by the National Science Foundation, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT;
June 2000.

Co-leader of a field trip along the Calaveras Fault for the Cordilleran Section Meeting of the
Geological Society of America, June 1999.

Reviewer for "Plate Tectonics and How the Earth Works" CD ROM by Tasa Graphic Arts, Taos, Inc.
with Chris Higgins for the California Division of Mines and Geology (CDMG) publication California
Geology, July/August 1998 issue.

National Science Foundation (NSF), Arlington, Virginia; served on review panel for Course, Curriculum,
and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) proposals; 1997-2006.

Past Steering Committee Member and Lead Instructor for ESSTEP (Earth and Space Science
Technological Education Project), Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado; July 1996.

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) Field Testing of Evolution Curriculum
(NSF funded);
One of 10 teachers selected nationally to field test earth science/biology curriculum developed by the
BSCS, Colorado Springs, CO., 1990-1991.

Past Steering Committee Member and Mentor Teacher for BAESI (Bay Area Earth Science Institute),
San Jose State University, San Jose California; 1989-1991.

A Model for Studying Natural Phenomena Using Mt. St. Helens at Portland State University, (NSF Funded); One of 30 teachers selected nationally to participate in, and develop curriculum for, the study of Cascade Range volcanoes, Summer 1989.

Community    Activities

Member of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL); call sign = n6jwt.

Member of the Tuolumne County Amateur Radio Electronics Society (TCARES).

Member of the Calaveras Amateur Radio Society (CARS).

Past Trustee, Columbia Union School District Board of Trustees, Columbia, CA, 2007-2012.

Past President (1990-91) of the Hollister Gem and Mineral Club, Hollister, CA.

Past Editor (1988-91) of the Hollister Gem and Mineral Club newsletter, Hollister, CA.

Past Secretary (1989-91) of SBARC (San Benito Amateur Radio Club); call sign N6YPM.

References

(Available Upon Request)