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Kristin O'Connell

Geoscience Education and Evaluation Associate
Science Education Resource Center- Carleton College
koconnell at carleton dot edu
(507) 222-4368

I have a Masters in Geology from University of California, Davis. My research has focused on large-scale tectonic movements, combining tectonic, structural geologic, sedimentologic, and paleomagnetic data. I have a passion for teaching, and have taught high-school Earth Science and Marine Science formally, and have informally taught everywhere else (in coffee shops, while hiking, while leading canoe trips, in the teachers lounge, etc). As a contracting geologist for the National Museum of Natural History, at the Smithsonian Institution, I helped manage and update the Meteorite Research Collection for improved preservation and accessibility, responded to public meteorite identification requests, and helped design educational displays for the exhibit hall. I also have a limited background in geotechnical engineering, where I was mostly involved with landslide mapping, fault trenching, and monitoring public infrastructure.


University of California, Davis, MS 2009, Thesis: Sedimentology, Structural Geology, and Paleomagnetism of the Ghost Rocks Formation; Kodiak Islands, Alaska.

Carleton College, Northfield, MN, BA 2004, Thesis: Ages, geochemistry, and field relationships of mafic dikes along the Wrangell Transect, Southeast Alaska.

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