Jonathan H Tomkin

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Contact Information

3086A Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Director

Research Description

My research has two focus areas: firstly, I research how changing climates, surface processes, and tectonic forcings determine the landscapes we see around us, by testing theoretical models of landscape evolution and geodynamics against geomorphological, thermochronological and sedimentalogical observations. Recently, this research has involved fieldwork in the Olympic Mountains, the Patagonian Andes, and the Ross Sea.

Secondly, I research how new technologies - such as MOOCs, video, open-source textbooks, blended classes, in-class response systems, and adaptive learning systems - impact education, both at the student and institutional level.


Ph.D., Earth Science, Australian National University 2000
B.Sc. (Hons), Physics, University of Melbourne 1996

Recent Publications

Tomkin, J. H., Beilstein, S. O., Morphew, J. W., & Herman, G. L. (2019). Evidence that communities of practice are associated with active learning in large STEM lectures. International Journal of STEM Education, 6(1), [1].

Ellwood, B. B., Febo, L., Anderson, L., Hackworth, R. T., Means, G. H., Bryan, J. A., ... Jovane, L. (2019). Regional to global correlation of Eocene-Oligocene boundary transition successions using biostratigraphic, geophysical and geochemical methods. Geological Magazine.

Ellwood, B. B., Nestell, G. P., Lan, L. T. P., Nestell, M. K., Tomkin, J. H., Ratcliffe, K. T., ... Dang, T. H. (2019). The Permian-Triassic boundary Lung Cam expanded section, Vietnam, as a high-resolution proxy for the GSSP at Meishan, China. Geological Magazine.

Ma, S., Herman, G. L., West, M., Tomkin, J. H., & Mestre, J. (2019). Studying STEM Faculty Communities of Practice through Social Network Analysis. Journal of Higher Education, 90(5), 773-799.

Tomkin, J. H., West, M., & Herman, G. L. (2018). An improved grade point average, with applications to CS undergraduate education analytics. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 18(4), [17].

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