Allie Gale uses the geochemistry of mid-ocean ridge basalts (rocks) to make inferences regarding the composition and temperature of Earth's mantle. Prior to Minerva, she taught many different geoscience courses as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University.
As a teacher, Professor Gale encourages students to “think” rather than simply memorize. She frequently uses different modes of teaching in her classroom, including hands-on exercises with rocks and minerals, case studies, and humor. She is excited to participate in a new vision for higher education at Minerva and to work with diverse and motivated students.