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Kathryn Schubel, PhD


Hi Folks,

Submarine composit images1My name is Kathy Schubel and I will be your fearless leader for this course. I have been teaching all things Earth Science teaching since 1996. 

I am a sedimentologist by training. Sediments are all of those particles that roll around at the Earth's surface (boulders, gravel, sand, silt and mud). I have spent a great deal of time studying chemical sediments and sedimentary rocks. These are things that form from chemical processes,including evaporite deposition (salts) and carbonate accumulation (sediments and sedimentary rocks like those we find in the Bahamas).


I got a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College (a small liberal arts school in Ohio), my Master's Degree from the Department of Geoscience at Binghamton University (midstate New York), and my PhD from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland).

I spent about 10 years teaching at a small liberal arts college on the East Coast before moving West . I worked with the Aquarium of the Pacific for a couple years developing major exhibits and teaching staff about the scientific content in these exhibits. Now I teach Earth and Ocean Science courses as well as an Ecology course at several institutions and co-own a small company that does two main things: 1) grows algae for food food and for biofuel production and 2) creates high-performance greenhouse and aquaponics systems.


In my spare time I love stand up paddle boarding and try to get out on the water as much as possible. There is quite a bit of sealife (seals, sea lions, dolphins, pelicans......) to see, which always makes it exciting.

I'm looking forward to exploring the oceans with all of you this semester.

All the best, Kathy