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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. With degrees and training in the Earth and Ocean Sciences from Caltech and Oregon State University, and post-graduate work at Stanford University, her research background is in volcanic chemistry and processes. Her field research experiences include tin-mineralizing granites and sapphire mines in Australia, the Eyjafjöll Volcanic System in Iceland, and seafloor volcanism and hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean offshore the Galapágos Islands and in the Atlantic off the Azores Islands. She has journeyed worldwide as a scientist, gaining extensive local geologic and oceanographic expertise across the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia and has organized and led geology and oceanography field trips for students, for the National Park Service, and for geoscience professionals at national and international conferences.

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

An Arctic Cruise of Norway’s Svalbard

11 days
Jun 16, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021
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