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Andrew Warnock, PhD.


Director and Research Scientist CNS Education & Outreach Center

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-2845   Office: B301a Natural & Environmental Sciences

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Education and Outreach
2.) Geosciences

Areas of Interest

 Informal science education, 3D visualization, Water education


Population growth has and will continue to put pressure on our finite fresh water resources. Yet K-12 students are only exposed to rudimentary basics that lend themselves to engaging indoor experimentation (e.g. water phase changes and the water cycle) and fact-based assessments. Consequently, the majority of citizens hold on to inaccurate conceptions of where freshwater exists, how it moves, how it gets renewed, and how it relates to biodiversity and climate. These more critical concepts, unfortunately, do not appear in state content standards or assessments. The goal of my work is to develop effective teaching strategies and assessments that are culturally engaging to serve as a model for what could be adopted at state and national levels. I received my B.A. in Geology from Whitman College near the Columbia River, my M.S. in Geology from Western Washington University near the Nooksack River, and my Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University by the Lehigh River. I currently host around 450 K-12 students per year at the GetWET Science Park on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. Students research the interconnectedness of surface water and groundwater in the field with real equipment and real soil and water.