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Carola Stearns

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Carola Stearns is a field geologist and geophysicist with over 40 years of experience enthusiastically sharing her fascination with the Earth and how it works.  She earned a Ph.D at the University of Michigan, has worked in exploration for major oil companies, taught at universities, and maintains a research affiliation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She has worked with archaeologists on both prehistoric and classical sites around the Mediterranean and in the southwest of the US.  Her diverse research interests include tectonics as well as climatic geomorphology, especially as it relates to human history.  She has lectured as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon, on trips for the UM Alumni Association, and in Ann Arbor training docents for the botanical gardens, arboretum and the public school’s environmental education program.  Currently she works part-time as an interpretive guide in Santa Fe. 

Upcoming Tours

The Northern Rockies

11 days | Starting at: $5,891
Jul 5, 2021 - Jul 15, 2021

Featuring Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks
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Splendors of Morocco

14 days | Starting at: $6,079
Sep 21, 2021 - Oct 4, 2021

From Imperial Cities to the Sahara
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