Ferdinand Oberle



2015     MARUM-IODP Center, University of Bremen, Germany, Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.)

             2012 - 2014 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Ph.D. study with Chris Reddy

2005     University of Bremen, Germany – M.S. Environmental and Marine Geology

2002     Bowdoin College, USA – B.A. Geology

            2000 - 2001 (SOEST) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Hawaii


2020-present        Geologist, USGS (United States Geological Survey), Santa Cruz, CA, USA. I am currently involved in three fields of research: groundwater discharge through coastal aquifers; conceptualizing hydrologically and cryogenically driven permafrost erosion; and physicochemical drivers of coral reef health. I also created the Unmanned Aerial System Coastal Aquifer Project, which develops new drone-based technologies to investigate permafrost stability, wetlands and aquifers. All projects have a strong interdisciplinary nature focusing on anthropogenic versus natural disturbances that rely on a multitude of oceanographic, marine geological, hydrogeological, and geochemical methods. As part of my older research interests I also continue to collaborate and advise on research focusing on the geological and geochemical consequences of bottom trawling. 

2016                   Mendenhall Postdoctoral Researcher, USGS (United States Geological Survey)

2014                   Visiting Professor, Quest University, / Squamish (Vancouver), BC, Canada.

2013                   Visiting Scientist at the USGS, Santa Cruz & Menlo Park, CA, USA.

2008-2011          Adjunct Professor, Chabot-Las Positas College, Livermore, CA, USA.

2007-2011          Sedimentologist/Hydrogeologist, Garcia & Associates, San Anselmo, CA, USA

2006-2007          Middle School Oceanography Teacher, San Francisco Maritime Assoc., CA, USA

2002-2003          Staff Geologist, German Environmental Protection Agency, Rheinfelden, Germany

2000-2001          NASA Space Grant Fellowship, Hawaii Space Consortium, Honolulu, HI, USA

See also: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ferdinand_Oberle/publications