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Jefferson Yarce

Lecturer III - Earth and Environmental Sciences

Office Information:

Program in Biology
2534 USB
1100 N University Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1005

phone: 734.764.1435



B.S. in Engineering Geology [Universidad Nacional de Colombia]
Ph.D. in Geophysics [Univerity of Colorado Boulder]

My favorite thing about teaching in CSP is...

...that students bring their own stories and personal experiences to the classroom. The diversity of students’ backgrounds makes every class very rich in knowledge, helps us understand the geology of Earth’s surface and interior from multiple perspectives, and elevates the creativity of student assignments and projects.

From my classes, incoming students should expect... have the opportunity to work on activities using real-life situations and data, such as locating an earthquake using information from seismometers, quantifying the danger of tsunamis for distant populations, and investigating how river conditions change over time. I push students to connect what they learn about Earth science to societal impacts and policies through interdisciplinary projects like investigating aspects of the Green New Deal.

My favorite piece of advice for undergraduate students is... go to office hours as frequently as possible! I personally call this time ‘student hours’ because it is the time I have dedicated exclusively to students. In my office (or over Zoom), students are always welcome and I am happy to respond to any and all questions. We can also just chat about things like college life, study skills, majors, and graduate school.

In my free time, I enjoy... in all of its forms; I watch soccer matches frequently and play regularly in a recreational league. I also enjoy hiking and bird watching. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to dance salsa, merengue, and bachata.

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