Amelia (Amy) Robinson
Amelia (Amy) Robinson
Dr. Amy (Amelia) Robinson (‘97, UTK ‘02) grew up in Martin, TN with a strong desire to learn and teach. She grew up finding fossils in the gravel piles at her grandfather’s paving company and loved to explore nature and spend time at the Land Between the Lakes in northwest Tennessee. Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology and Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from UT-Martin. She went on to earn an MS in Geology at UT-Knoxville and a PhD in Geology from the University of California-Davis.
Prior to her return to UT, Robinson was an Earth Science professor at UALR (2007-2010), where she created multiple courses to actively engage students through water sampling and data collection programs. This was followed by a 5-year stint as a petroleum geochemist, Robinson was a lead inventor and co-inventor on numerous US and world patents (9+ patents). During this time she also established 2 endowed scholarships at UT Martin, the Bob Robinson Memorial Scholarship in Early Childhood Education and the Robinson Geoscience Research Fellowship for students to complete field studies in geology or soil science. Following her time in the industry, she started a tutoring company, Amelian Academic, that provides customized lessons for students who struggle in the areas of math and science. Robinson also became the Principal and 7th-12th grade math and science teacher at The Academy at World Champions Centre (home of Simone Biles), a school for junior Olympic and elite gymnasts located in Spring, TX in 2018.
Dr. Robinson is excited to return to UT as a postdoctoral teaching associate in Fall 2022 and share her passion for teaching and challenging students to develop their scientific curiosity and critical thinking skills by providing them with enriching educational experiences. She is teaching GEOL 103: Earth’s Environments and GEOL 485: Hydrogeology during the fall semester. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned since her time at UT and bringing relevant and timely material to courses while exploring her research interests. These include mineral-organic reactivity, carbon sequestration and cycling from terrestrial and marine environments, modern soils and paleoVertisols in mixed siliciclastic-carbonate sequences, aqueous and hydrocarbon geochemistry, novel applications of nanotechnology, and developing geochemical tools used in industry applications.