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



2016-present       Mendenhall Postdoctoral Researcher, 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 a national assessment of the stability of coastal wetlands . I also created the Unmanned Aerial System Coastal Aquifer Project, which develops new drone-based technologies to investigate 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.


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





Please see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ferdinand_Oberle/publications


Oberle, F.K.J., Gibbs, A.E., Richmond, B.M., Erikson, L.H., Waldrop, M.P., Swarzenski, P.W., 2019. Towards determining spatial methane distribution on Arctic permafrost bluffs with an unmanned aerial system. SN Appl. Sci. 1, 236. doi:10.1007/s42452-019-0242-9

Hanebuth, T.J.J., King, M.L., Mendes, I., Lebreiro, S., Lobo, F.J., Oberle, F.K.J., Antón, L., Ferreira, P.A., Reguera, M.I., 2018. Hazard potential of widespread but hidden historic offshore heavy metal (Pb, Zn) contamination (Gulf of Cadiz, Spain). Sci. Total Environ. 637–638, 561–576. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.352

Oberle, F.K.J., Puig, P., Martín, J., 2018. Fishing Activities, in: In Book: Submarine Geomorphology, Chapter: 25, Publisher: Springer Nature, Editors: Micallef A., Krastel S., Savini A., Pp.503-534. pp. 503–534. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-57852-1_25

Oberle, F.K.J., Swarzenski, P.W., Storlazzi, C.D., 2017. Atoll Groundwater Movement and Its Response to Climatic and Sea-Level Fluctuations. Water 9, 650. doi:10.3390/w9090650

Baasch, B., Müller, H., von Dobeneck, T., Oberle, F.K.J., 2017. Determination of grain-size characteristics from electromagnetic seabed mapping data: A NW Iberian shelf study. Cont. Shelf Res. 140, 75–83. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2017.04.005

Oberle, F.K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2016a. What a drag: Quantifying the global impact of chronic bottom trawling on continental shelf sediment. J. Mar. Syst. 159, 109–119. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2015.12.007

Oberle, F.K.J., Swarzenski, P.W., Reddy, C.M., Nelson, R.K., Baasch, B., Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2016b. Deciphering the lithological consequences of bottom trawling to sedimentary habitats on the shelf. J. Mar. Syst. 159, 120–131. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2015.12.008

Hanebuth, T.J.J., Zhang, W., Oberle, F.K., Cui, Y., Santos, A.I., 2016. Mud depocenters on continental shelves and storm-driven bottom transport controlling their formation, in: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. p. 121. doi:10.1130/abs/2016SE-273264s

Oberle, F.K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2014b. Wave-driven sediment mobilization on a storm-controlled continental shelf (Northwest Iberia). J. Mar. Syst. 139, 362–3ss72. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2014.07.018

Baasch, B., Muller, H., Oberle, F.K.J., Dobeneck, T. von, Müller, H., Oberle, F.K.J.J., Dobeneck, T. von, 2014. Inversion of marine multifrequency electromagnetic profiling data: a new approach to resolve surficial sediment stratification. Geophys. J. Int. 200, 438–451. doi:10.1093/gji/ggu406

Oberle, F.K.J., Hanebuth, T.J.J., Baasch, B., Schwenk, T., 2014a. Volumetric budget calculation of sediment and carbon storage and export for a late Holocene mid-shelf mudbelt system (NW Iberia). Cont. Shelf Res. 76, 12–24. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.12.012

Hanebuth T.J.J, Oberle, F.K.J., Reinecke, A., 2005. The Inner Boundary oft he Mekong Delta-Paleo-Environmental Implications for Archaeological Data and Modern Soil Acidification., in: Proceedings of the International Conference on DELTAS: Geological Modeling and Management. AIST, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Sweeney, E., Oberle F., 2003. GLACIOMARINE SEDIMENTS BENEATH EASTERN CASCO BAY , MIDCOAST, in: Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section, 38th Meeting. pp. 1–4.

Oberle, F., 2001. Monitoring of easterly Saharan dust storm. NASA Space Consortium, HI, Spacegrant Rep. 10SP01-FA01, 18–23.s