Katayoun Mobasher enjoys interdisciplinary studies where she can combine geology knowledge and background with GIS and remote sensing technologies as well as medical and health related fields.
I earned my Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Structural Geology from Georgia State University; the M.S. degree in Petrology from Azad University, Iran; and the B.S. degree in Geology from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Geology and I teach the following geology courses (Physical Geology and lab, Historical Geology and lab, Earth’s Material and lab); Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course (Introduction to Geographical Information Systems); and special topic courses in geology and GIS. I serve as an advisor for the B.S. degree in Environmental and Spatial Analysis and for the Geoscience Association Club, conduct research on petrology and GIS applications in geology, and serve as the UNG representative for the Georgia Geoscience Advisory Board and other university committees.
Geology is an inseparable part of our life experiences. Every day we hear about some aspect of geology in the news - such as earthquake activities, volcanic eruptions, oil supplies, threats from landslides, and water supply contaminations. We visually observe geology through earth’s varied landscapes, too. I am very interested in interdisciplinary studies where I can combine my geology knowledge and background with GIS and remote sensing technologies as well as medical and health related fields.
I enjoy expanding my knowledge through research opportunities when I can thoroughly explore topics that interest me. By attending conferences, presenting research, volunteering with the Science Olympiad, serving on committees, and advising, I develop new approaches for teaching, create networks and remain current with events and research in the field of geology. What inspires me the most is as an educator I’m in a great position to communicate these new findings to my students.
There have been several highlights in my career here at the University of North Georgia.
I received an “Innovative Teaching Program Project Grant” by creating a GIS module for Teaching Geology and Mineral Resources courses to give students opportunities to learn how GIS can be applied through geological studies by examining the differences between traditional mapping and computer based mapping.
I was selected for the DETI summer semester “iPad Project”. I developed a GIS geology geodatabase of Georgia that contains fields designed to store geological information. Students researched and visited several geologic outcrops in Georgia and uploaded data into the geodatabase utilizing the versatility of iPads.
Another rewarding challenge and highlight of my career at UNG is when I taught the concepts of topographic maps in a physical geology course to a visually impaired student by using unique tactile topographic maps that I produced with Carol Kraemer and Derek Robertson.
I continually develop new teaching activities for labs and I conduct geological field trips to promote awareness and real-world experiences. For example last semester we visited and studied the formation and structures of several geologic features such as Stone Mountain, Dahlonega’s gold mine and surrounding regions, and rocks used in the construction of an urban Atlanta building. Some of the other field trips included visiting a plant fossil locality, a coal mine in Rome, GA, and attending the Annual American Geological Society’s meeting in Charlotte, NC where UNG geology students attended talks, workshops and student gatherings. They made contacts with other schools and networked with geological companies that may be relevant for potential professional opportunities.
Dr. Aquino and I convened and coordinated a workshop on “Best Practices for Preparing Two-Year College (2YC) Students for Geoscience Degrees in Georgia”. I have presented several professional presentations at geological conferences and I have collaborated with other scholars to publish articles about geology and even the application of GIS for criminal justice professionals.
I hope my students gain an appreciation of geology around them and learn how earth processes and materials affect our lives and the ways humans affect the Earth. I want them to know that through human interaction with the environment and on-going involvement in the planet’s processes, that we must be responsible for the earth and its continuous growth and sustainability.
I also want to encourage students to ask as many questions as possible. I want to establish in them a habit of questioning things around them to promote critical thinking. Finally, I would like them to know how much I enjoy teaching them and how seeing their continued success motivates me!
I am collaborating with Dr. Turk to develop the first virtual Geology-Geotechnical Field Guide for Georgia. This initiative will give students opportunities to understand how the concepts they study in the classroom translate to actual geologic features found in nature. This virtual Geology Field Guide will also build a new and expanding geological geodatabase for Georgia.
I’ve been attending workshops and conferences related to the field of Geology and Health (medical geology) and, ultimately, I would like to conduct research in this field and develop a Medical Geology course.