OLLI=Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Sonoma State University
"For those 50 years old or better"

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Nicole' Future OLLI Courses through SSU

Summer 2022 OLLI a la carte: How Geology Formed California Thursday, August 4th 10:00-11:50am via Zoom (registration will open Summer 2022)

Fall 2022 OLLI 6-Week series: date, time, & topic will be announced soon...

OLLI Spring 2022
The Story of Earth as Conveyed by Rocks

6-week series on Thursdays 3-5pm from April 14th - May 19th
In-person in Darwin 103 at SSU!

The Story of Earth exceeds 4 billion years of time, and much of planetary history is forever lost. Together we will take a trip through space and time to investigate what is known of the formation and evolution of Earth, and seek the locations where ancient clues have been unearthed. We will delve into how time & events leave their marks in minerals & rocks, and analyze how scientists unravel the chemical clues. As we explore planetary-scale events that have changed the Earth, we will also follow in the footsteps of biological evolution. Our focus on unraveling hundreds of millions of years of natural history will be told by the rocks, and the signatures of life embedded within.

Past OLLI Course I have taught through at SSU

  • Fall 2017: The Dinosaur Revolution: Fossils Finds & Avian Genetics
  • Fall 2018: Catastrophism: How Natural Disasters Have Affected Earth and Human Evolution
  • Fall 2019: Geology of California
  • Spring 2020: Geology of the National Parks (sadly cancelled due to the pandemic but will be offered again Fall 2021!)
  • Spring 2021: Volcanic Cataclysms That Changed The World
  • Fall 2021: Geology of the National Parks