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


Hanebuth, T.J.J., King, M.L., Mendes I., Lebreiro S., Lobo, F., Oberle, F.K.J., Anton, L., Ferreira, P., Reguera, M. 2018. Hazard potential of widespread but hidden historic offshore heavy metal contamination (Gulf of Cadiz, Spain). Science of Total Environment, D0181812, pp.1-8

Oberle, F.K.J., Puig, P., Martin, J. 2017. Marine Geomorphological Consequences of Fishing Activities, in: Micallef, A., Krastel S., Savini, A. (Eds.), Submarine Geomorphology 2018. Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 1-26.

Oberle, F., Swarzenski, P., Storlazzi, C., 2017. Atoll Groundwater Movement and Its Response to Climatic and Sea-Level Fluctuations. Water 9, 650.

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.

Oberle, F.K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2016. What a drag: Quantifying the global impact of chronic bottom trawling on continental shelf sediment. Journal of Marine Systems, p. 109-119.

Oberle, F.K.J., Swarzenski, P.W., Reddy, C.M., Nelson, R. K., Baasch, B., Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2016. Deciphering the lithological consequences of bottom trawling to sedimentary habitats on the shelf.  Journal of Marine Systems, p. 120-131.

Oberle. F.K.J, Storlazzi, C.D., Hanebuth T.J.J., 2014. Wave-driven sediment mobilization on a storm-controlled continental shelf (NW Iberia). Journal of Marine Systems, p. 362-372

Baasch, B., Müller, H., Oberle, F.K.J., von Dobeneck, T., 2014. Inversion of marine multifrequency electromagnetic profiling data: A new approach to resolve surficial sediment stratification. Geophysical Journal International, S14-0167

Oberle. F.K.J. Hanebuth, T.J.J., Baasch, B., 2014. Volumetric budget calculation of sediment and carbon storage and export for a late Holocene mid-shelf mudbelt system (NW Iberia), Continental Shelf Research, p.12-24

Hanebuth T.J.J, Oberle F. J., Proske U., 2008. Geomorphological investigation of archaeological findings in Go' O'Chua, Vietnam. In: Andreas Reinecke, Nguyễn Xuân Mạnh, Bùi Phát Diệm (eds.): Die Vor- und Frühgeschichte von Gò Ô Chùa in Südvietnam. Wiesbaden, Germany.

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. Proceedings of the International Conference on DELTAS: Geological Modeling and Management. AIST, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Sweeney, E., Oberle F., 2003. Galciomarine sediments beneath Eastern Casco Bay, Midcoast Maine. Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section, 38th Meeting, Paper No. 25

Oberle. F., 2000. Monitoring of Easterly Saharan Dust Storms, University of Hawaii NASA Space Consortium, HI, Spacegrant Report:10SP01-FA01