Dr. Steven Carson has been teaching the Summer II Oceanography course for GEMS since 2008. He received his BA from Brown University and Ph.D. from Columbia University in Geochemistry. After 8 years of college teaching, mostly environmental science at Barnard College, Steve was a researcher at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ for 10 years modeling ocean chemistry. At GFDL, he started doing classroom presentations and teacher workshops and joined the faculty of Princeton University’s QUEST summer professional development program teaching science to teachers. These experiences inspired Steve to become a public school teacher through New Jersey’s alternate route program and he has taught full time at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton since 2002. Steve received the New Jersey Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) in 2013 in recognition of his teaching excellence at the K-12 level.