Alan Lester is a Senior Instructor and Research Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences, CU-Boulder.
Alan has done research in a variety of geological sub-disciplines including mineral structures, paleomagnetism, isotope geochemistry, and igneous petrology; all of which have been directed at understanding the origin and subsequent evolution of the Rocky Mountains.
A recipient of multiple university-wide teaching awards, Alan focuses on teaching at the undergraduate level. In addition to this internet course, Alan’s most recent teaching duties have included courses in Natural Disasters, Historical Geology, Honors Lab Geology, and both introductory and advanced Field Geology.
Both Alan and his wife Melissa are rock- and mountain-climbers. They combine their interest in geology with visits to climbing areas all over the western United States; sometimes adding to the adventure by flying small airplanes to their destination. Alan is also a flight instructor and a commercial airline pilot—if you’re ever on a United Express regional jet, listen for the pilot names!