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Ferdinand Oberle

Research Geologist with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Research Focus

2020-present: Geologist, USGS, 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.

Professional Experience

  • 2020-present: Geologist, USGS, Santa Cruz, CA

  • 2016, Mendenhall Postdoctoral Researcher, USGS

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

  • 2013, Visiting Scientist at the USGS, Santa Cruz and 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

Education and Certifications

  • 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

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