Ph.D. Geosciences, University of Rochester (2017)
B.S. Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2011)
Chemical Oceanography, Global Climate Change, Trace Gas and Isotope Biogeochemistry
I am so excited to be a new member of the Faculty of the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State.
I am developing (and currently teaching!) a two-semester introductory level Environmental Science course sequence with lab components. Educating students on the ways in which humans are treading upon the planet and on how and why we must move towards more sustainable ways of living is deeply meaningful work. In the near term, I am developing a course on "Systems of Food, Water, & Waste," a version of which I taught at Florida State University, where I was a postdoctoral fellow for 3 years.
Diversifying the Geosciences, which remains the least-diverse STEM field, is very important to me, so I am thrilled to be an educator and mentor here at GSU and to inspire students to pursue degrees in our department. I participated in the excellent Unlearning Racism in Geosciences (URGE) Program in Spring 2021 and completed a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate at Florida State in Summer 2021. I plan on developing an upper-level course on "Reframing Scientific Discovery in the Geosciences,” to empower students while examining the racist, colonialist, and imperialist roots inherent to our discipline.
Sparrow, K. J., et al. (2019). “Stable isotopic determination of methane oxidation: when smaller scales are better.” Waste Management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2019.07.032
Sparrow, K. J., et al. (2018). “Limited contribution of ancient methane to surface waters of the U.S. Beaufort Sea shelf.” Science Advances, https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aao4842
Sparrow, K. J. and J. D. Kessler (2017). “Efficient collection and preparation of methane from low concentration waters for natural abundance radiocarbon analysis.” Limnology & Oceanography: Methods, https://doi.org/10.1002/lom3.10184