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Katlin Bowman Adamczyk, Ph.D.

Katlin is an oceanographer who specializes in marine biogeochemistry and deep-sea mineral resources.


I support research activities in the Marine Minerals Laboratory at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. Our research focuses on characterizing the mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of deep-sea minerals including seafloor massive sulfides, ferromanganese crusts, and polymetallic nodules. I participate in oceanographic research expeditions and assist in laboratory management, sample processing, and data analysis. Prior to the USGS, I worked at the University of California Santa Cruz as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Project Scientist, and Lecturer. There I specialized in the biogeochemical cycling of mercury in the ocean, completed several projects on marine plastic pollution for the National Geographic Society, and participated in four U.S. GEOTRACES transects in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans.

Professional Experience

  • 2019–2022: Project Scientist & Lecturer, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

  • 2018–2019: Visiting Scientist, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA

  • 2015–2018: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of California Santa Cruz

  • 2018–2021: Lecturer, Physical Sciences Department, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

  • 2019–2021: Lecturer, Biology & Chemistry Department, California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, 2014, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

  • B.S. Environmental Sciences, 2010, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

  • Data Science Certificate, 2022, University of California

Honors and Awards

  • 2012–2014: Yellow Springs Instruments Environmental Ph.D. Fellowship

  • 2009: Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship, Ohio Academy of Science

  • 2006–2010: Ohio State Science Fair Full Tuition Scholarship, Wright State University

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