Rondi Davies

Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Rondi Davies received her PhD in Geology from Sydney’s Macquarie University for work on Diamonds from Eastern Australia. Her interest in high-pressure mantle minerals led her to postdoctorate research at the American Museum of Natural History to study minerals that form in the mantle transition zone, between 410 and 670 km deep. Her position at the Museum's led to her to a new passion, science education in hope to spark curiosity and transform peoples perspectives of the planet. Rondi has worked as a content specialist for AMNH and Scholastic. She’s worked on text books and as a content developer for science museums in Chicago and LA. She also teaches at institutes across the city. In her spare time Rondi runs New York Open Water which organizes open water swimming events around New York City. At Cooper Union Rondi teaches Earth Science, Climate System Science, and Urban Ecology.

Urban Ecology field trip class (Con-Edison, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, SIMS recycling)
Urban Ecology field trip class (Con-Edison, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, SIMS recycling)


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.