Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Katryn Wiese

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Katryn Wiese is a professor of Geology and Oceanography at City College of San Francisco, where she has taught field, lab, and lecture classes since 1995. She studied Earth and Ocean Sciences at Caltech, Oregon State University, and Stanford University and focused her early research experiences on volcanic processes in Australia, Iceland, and the seafloor. Since then, she has journeyed worldwide as a scientist and field guide, gaining local geologic and oceanographic expertise across the U.S., Central and South America, Arctic and Antarctic locales, and a multitude of ocean island locations including the Azores, the Galapágos Islands, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, and the Hawaiian Islands. In the classroom, in the field, or through her Earth Rocks! YouTube video channel, Katryn’s primary focus today is helping students of all ages and backgrounds recognize and understand the geologic and oceanographic phenomena that build and modify the landscape and impact our climate and society.

What Our Travelers Say

Having Kat along was of great benefit. Her enthusiasm was infectious. Her knowledge and patience were endless. She was a tremendous asset.

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Upcoming Tours

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

16 days | Starting at: $9,793
Jun 3, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023
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Adventure in Iceland

11 days | Starting at: $6,292
Jul 6, 2023 - Jul 16, 2023
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Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice

8 days | Starting at: $7,490
Aug 13, 2023 - Aug 20, 2023

Round-trip from Reykjavík Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot
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Around the World by Private Jet: A Classic Journey

24 days | Starting at: $119,950
Feb 15, 2024 - Mar 9, 2024
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A Voyage along the Great Lakes

8 days | Starting at: $6,980
Aug 28, 2024 - Sep 4, 2024

From Toronto to Milwaukee Aboard the 184-guest Le Dumount-d'Urville or Le Champlain
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