Megan F. Plenge

Megan F. Plenge

Teaching Associate Professor
UNC-BEST Coordinator for Earth Science Education
116 Mitchell Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3300


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
M.T. and B.S., University of Virginia, 2005

Research Interests

Geoscience Education

Research and Activities

My dissertation work focused on the role microorganisms play in biogeochemical cycling, specifically carbon cycling, in a high-altitude hydrothermal field in northern Chile.

My current research endeavors focus on geoscience education and pedagogy, specifically exploring how skill based learning objectives and active teaching techniques impact student outcomes, including content knowledge and student attitudes towards geoscience. I am also interested in how student conceptions around the nature of science change based on teaching methodology.

I do not have an active research program and I am not taking students, though I am happy to consult with graduate or undergraduate students on relevant projects.

UNC-BEST Teacher Preparation Program

I am the UNC-BEST coordinator for Geological Sciences. The UNC-BEST program allows Geological Sciences majors to become certified as NC high school teachers while completing their undergraduate degrees. Interested in the UNC-BEST program? Visit or send me an email!

Interested in checking out lessons and demos created by GEOL 412 students?

Courses Taught

Geology 101: Planet Earth
Geology 101 Laboratory
Geology 412: Principles and Methods of Teaching Earth Science
IDST 108: Fake News, Real Science

Please contact me (via email) to discuss outreach opportunities, teaching resources