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Professor Sean Chamberlin teaches oceanography, meteorology, earth science, marine biology, and marine mammal biology in the Division of Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, at Fullerton Community College in Fullerton, California, USA, where he has worked as a full-time instructor since August 1996. Currently, he serves as a mentoring and outreach co-coordinator for the Engage in STEM Project, supervises teams of students in various undergraduate research projects, and manages different grants aimed at improving the retention and success of all students. His teaching philosophy is simple: 1) Put students first; 2) Always be prepared; 3) Never give up, never surrender. If you are considering a career in science, or just want to know more about scientists and what they do, please, by all means, visit him in his Sea Cave, Room 411-02, or send him an email at He would love to hear from you!


2015 Green Expo Project Winner
2010 Teacher of the Year Top Four Finalist
2003 National Council of Instructional Administrator Exemplary Initiative Award for Project Nautilus
1998 Best Use of Multimedia in the Classroom, California Community Colleges Foundation


Faculty Advisor, Students for a Greener Planet

Faculty Advisor, Undergraduate Research

Faculty Mentor, ENGAGE in STEM

Undergraduate Research Projects

The Algae Biofuels Project

The Marine Debris Project

The Water Conservation Project

(Students: Please contact me if you are interested in any one of these projects!)


  • 2015-2016 Innovation Grant, Science Nuts! ($24,975)
  • 2015 Student Equity Grant, Can We Improve Rates of Completion by African American Students in Science Courses? ($20,000)
  • 2015 Student Equity Grant, Increasing the Degree and Certificate Completion Rates of Hispanic Science Students ($20,000)
  • 2015 Southern California Gas Company, Algae Biofuels ($1000)
  • 2015 ENGAGE in STEM Mini-Grant ($1000)
  • 2014-2015 Innovation Grant, Students for a Greener Planet, A High-Impact, Sustainability-Based, Innovative Teaching Strategy to Improve the Success of Diverse Learners and Reduce the Achievement Gap in General Education Science Classes ($24,054)
  • 2012-2014 Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Wastefully or Sustainably: How Does Your Garden Grow? ($10,000)

Select Publications and Abstracts

Chamberlin, W.S, M. Tommerup, and T. Mullens. The Algae-in-a-Bottle Experiment,a High-Impact Teaching Practice. Poster, CSUF STEM Conference (2015)

Pelaez, M.,(UCSB), D. Rodriguez (UCLA), C. Chamberlin (WWU), and W. S. Chamberlin. Baby Steps to Turf Replacement. Poster. Green Expo. (2015)

Hafenstine, R., A. Brown, M. Salas, and T. Nguyen. Fueling the Future! The Algae Biofuels Project at Fullerton College. Poster. Green Expo. (2015)

Cortes, C., A. Flores, S. La Bonte, A. Prochazka, E. Stingray, and W.S. Chamberlin. Comparison of Marine Debris Density and Type on the Foreshore and Backshore of a Municipal Beach in Southern California. Poster. Fullerton College Undergraduate Research Symposium. (2015)

Lozinsky, R., S. Chamberlin, and M. Willis. Creating an Earth Science Course that is more relevant to today's Student. GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting. (2010).

Chamberlin, W.S. Activity Guide for Exploring the World Ocean. Self-published. (2010).

Chamberlin, W.S. Guide to Student-Generated Videos. Self-published. (2009).

Chamberlin, W. S. and T. Dickey. Exploring the World Ocean. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (2008).

Chamberlin, W. S. and T. Dickey. Exploring the World Ocean: A New, Inquiry-Based "Tool" for Teaching 21st Century Oceanography. The Ocean Sciences Meeting (2006).

Chamberlin, W.S. and M. Lizotte. Comparing Student Performance in Hands-On and Virtual Laboratory Investigations: The Role of Learning Preferences. FIRST II Conference. (2005).

Chamberlin, W. S. The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Kendall-Hunt Publishing. (2002).

Chamberlin, W.S. The Teleweb: Meeting Diverse Learning Styles with Active Learning. Tel e-Learning Conference. (2004).

Chamberlin, W.S. Engage Warp Engines: We're Going Where No One Has Before! TECH-ED. (2001).

Chamberlin, W. S. Face-to-Face versus Cyberspace: Finding the Middle Ground. Syllabus Magazine (2001).

Chamberlin, W.S. The Realities of Teaching Online. Faculty Association of Community Colleges in California. (2000).

Chamberlin, W.S. and J. Marra. Estimation of photosynthetic rate from measurements of natural fluorescence: Analysis of the effects of light and temperature. Deep-Sea Research 39: 1695-1706. (1992)

Kiefer, D.A, Chamberlin, W.S, and R. Booth. Natural fluorescence of chlorophyll a:Relationship to photosynthesis and chlorophyll concentration in the western South Pacific gyre. Limnol. Oceanogr., 34(5), 868-881. (1989).