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

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. 

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