Heidi K. LaMoreaux

Professor, Field-Oriented Physical Geography
Ph.D. Geography, University of Georgia, 1999
M.S. Geography, University of Utah, 1991
B.S. Geography, University of Utah, 1990

Webpage: www.innergeographies.com
Email:  lamoreau@sonoma.edu
Voicemail: 707-664-3184
Fax: 707-664-4389
Office: Rachel Carson Hall 44B

Academic and Professional Interests

Heidi is interested in just about everything – so teaching in Hutchins is perfect for her! Though her academic training is largely in the earth sciences – she studied peat bogs and caves in the Southeastern United States, complete with pollen counting, charcoal analysis and sediment diagramming – she has always also been interested in, and taken coursework in, creative arts and writing. Heidi is particularly interested in the intersections of art, science, creative writing, and mapping.

For example, her course "Personal Geographies" encourages students to examine their relationships to place, to their personal history formation factors, and to each other through creation of maps and use of science methods as metaphors for personal history development (see www.innergeographies.com for information and art galleries).

A fan of comics for years, Heidi tries to incorporate graphic novels and sequential art into all of her courses. Additionally, all of her LIBS 320B courses, which are largely science-based, also include an artistic project as part of the course content. Heidi is also interested in how to encourage and nourish creativity in Hutchins and in the community and believes that everyone is, in their own unique ways, inherently creative.

Heidi also teaches courses that encourage future teachers to be enthusiastic about teaching science in their classrooms, building on her long history of scientific inquiry. Heidi has played an active role in promoting environmental education and science awareness in California. Her statewide involvement includes working closely with the State Directors of Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design), Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), and Project Learning Tree, to improve environmental literacy in California. She has been on the State Board of Directors for Project Learning Tree for over ten years, and has worked on strategic planning for them. She has also given several formal presentations about her successes in teaching Projects WET, WILD and Learning Tree to university educators in California and Nevada. Heidi is also a founding Board Member of the Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Center (EDC), and provides a regular flow of interns from Sonoma State University to the EDC.

Course Offerings

All four LIBS lower-division courses (LIBS 101, 102, 201, and 202)
LIBS 320 B – including “Science Certification in Projects WET, WILD and Learning Tree,” “Terrain,” “Caves,” “Gaia,” “Lakes and Inland Seas,” and “Connecting with the Natural Community.”
LIBS 320C – including “Earth Art” and “Graphic Novels”
LIBS 320D – “Personal Geographies”
LIBS 341 – “Zephyr”
LIBS 342 – “Hutchins Community Art Show”
LIBS Independent Studies Classes, including participation in Sonoma County Science Fair, etc.

Selected Publications and Creative Activities

LaMoreaux, H. K., 2012. “Natural history meets personal history: Clorpt, cores and reference slides” to be published in Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents in Education and Public Life. Lynn Book and David Phillips eds. Edward Elgar Press.

Art Show, 2012. Personal Geographies. “Map of My Hands” and “Map of My Head” will be exhibited in the Denver Public Library beginning January 2012, as part of an exhibition tied to the 2011 book Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, by Jill K Berry.

LaMoreaux, H. K. 2011. “Map of My Hands” and “Map of My Head” (photographs of artwork) featured in Personal Geographies, North Light Books.

Art Show 2011. Inner Geographies. This exhibition showcases the efforts of faculty, students and community artists as they use maps, natural history metaphors, and found object assemblages to explore the forces that shaped them. This exhibition includes LifeCore diagrams, personal reference slide collections, maps of personal places, maps of the body, maps of family as body, maps of the heart, personal compass rose diagrams, and assemblage art. A lecture on November 9th, 2011 by Heidi LaMoreaux, an Instructor in Geography at SRJC, and a Professor in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at SSU, will outline the art, science, and geography behind Inner Geographies. October 24 to December 2, 2011, Mahoney Library, Petaluma Campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, CA 94954.

Art Show, 2011. Assemblage. “Venus Traps,” “Don’t Box Me In,” “Free,” and “Macon Building” and “Adams Spring Entropy” are featured in a community art show. August 15 to September 23, Finely Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

LaMoreaux, H. K., Brook, G. A., Knox, J. A. 2009. Late Pleistocene and Holocene environments of the Southeastern United States from the stratigraphy and pollen content of a peat deposit on the Georgia Coastal Plain, Palaeogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 280(2009):300-312

LaMoreaux, H. K. 2009. The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University: Creating Spaces for Interdisciplinary Creativity, March 20, 2009 Online Proceedings: Creativity Worlds in the Making: A National Symposium, http://www.wfu.edu/creativity/symposium_proceedings_2009.html