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Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Wesleyan University

I use marine sediment cores to study past oceans and climate and am widely published in paleoceanography. I have sailed on nine scientific ocean drilling expeditions. The most recent was Expedition 382, in spring 2019 to Iceberg Alley.

Diversity issues in geoscience are my passion. I co-edited a book on gender equality and helped to start "On To the Future" at the Geological Society of America (GSA). I served for 5 years as Wesleyan's Director of Service-learning and after that for 5-years as Wesleyan's McNair Program Director


  • –present
    Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University


  • 1986 
    Columbia University, Ph.D.
  • 1978 
    SUNY Albany, M.S.
  • 1973 
    Oberlin College, A.B.

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of America
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


Association of Women Geoscientists - Outstanding Educator Award, Wesleyan University, Beckham Helping Hand Award, NSF Visiting Professor @ MIT.