Geology & Environmental Science Faculty Member

Kristen St. John


Professional Information
  • Title: Professor, Paleoceanography and Geoscience Education

  • Educational Background:
        BS Furman University, 1992
        MS The Ohio State University, 1995
        PhD The Ohio State University, 1998
  • CV (pdf)

Contact Information


GEOL110: Physical Geology
GGEOL115: Earth Systems and Climate Change
- [formerly GSCI115: Earth Systems, Cycles, and Human Impact]
GEOL211: Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL301: Earth Science for Teachers
GEOL398: Oceanography for Teachers

Research Interests

My research program has two areas of emphasis: (1) I contribute to the reconstruction of high latitude paleoceanography & paleoclimatology, which help illuminate (and even redefine) our understanding of past climate and environments. My niche is in developing long-term records of ice-rafting and I explore their paleo-environmental and climatic implications. There are many researchers focusing on high-resolution Plio-Pleistocene records of orbital and suborbital climate cycles. But these all need a longer-term geologic context – that is what I like to provide. Most of my IRD research is labor intensive in the lab and periodically involves field work on ocean drilling vessels and sampling in core repositories. (2) I also take authentic science into the classroom by developing and testing learning materials which incorporate real world marine data sets and analytical skills. This geoscience education research is at the crossroads of my interest and experience in scientific ocean drilling (Expeditions 163,173, 302), undergraduate education, and professional development (e.g., Expedition 312(E); School of Rock, On the Cutting Edge). I welcome the opportunity to mentor undergraduates as future scientists and/or geoscience educators by working with me on research projects in these areas.