M.S. Idaho State University (1989)
Nick has been with CWU Geology since 1992. He teaches a popular "Geology of Washington" course to CWU students every quarter - and his course is open to townspeople for free!
He also teaches "Pacific Northwest Geology", GEOL 351, and Nick is an academic advisor and teaching mentor to most of the students in our program.
Nick's outreach to the general public includes leading the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Flood Institute, and working on CWU video projects "Central Rocks" and HUGEfloods.com's "2 Minute Geology" and "I-90 Rocks".
Nick has received CWU's Most Inspirational Faculty Award and Presidential Faculty Award. In 2015, Nick received the James Shea Award, a National Association of Geoscience Teachers award that recognizes exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public. Past Shaw Award recipients include Stephen Jay Gould, John McPhee, Jack Horner, and Robert Ballard.
Nick's wife, Liz Zentner, teaches science at Ellensburg High School. The Zentners have three boys - Max (24), Sam (22), and Jack (20).