Dr. Brendan Roark receives 2014 AFS Teaching Award

Jul 28, 2014

Dr. Brendan Roark, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, has received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students’ teaching award for the College of Geosciences.

Roark has taught at Texas A&M for six years providing students with rigorous, thought-providing courses in earth systems and climate. Evaluations noted that Roark’s ability to help them develop problem-solving skills stems from his high expectations for his students and himself.

This award is the latest of many for Roark. In recent years he received the College of Geosciences Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Service, the Partners in Conservation Award from the Department of the Interior for his Mid-Atlantic Canyons Project, and a Montague Scholar designation.

His latest research focuses on proxy development in deep-sea coral, and establishing their resilience and recovery rates.

Roark’s work has been critical both in informing the scientific community and introducing students to this important, interdisciplinary field.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Roark is also director of the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facilities, which provides high-quality isotope measurements and training to faculty and students, not only in the College of Geosciences but also to the Texas A&M scientific community.