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Cathleen Geiger

Research Professor

Professional Preparation:

  • USRA Visiting Scientist, NASA/Goddard, Post-Doc, 1997-1998
  • Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Ph.D., 1996
  • University of Bergen, Norway, Polar Oceanography, M.S., 1990
  • Southampton College of Long Island University, Magna cum Laude, B.S., 1985

Primary Appointments:

  • Research Faculty (2007-Present), Department of Geography, University of Delaware
  • Research Geophysicist (2003-2006),USACE Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Snow and Ice Branch, Hanover, NH
  • Research Fellow (2003-2006), Associate Scientist (07/00-12/02), and Limited-Term Researcher (11/98-06/00) all at UD, Newark, DE
  • Research Assistant (09/90-06/96), Dartmouth College, Thayer School Engineering, NH
  • Scientific Assistant (08/85-07/90), Nansen Remote Sensing Center, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Technical Assistant (01/83-08/85), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, NY


Apprenticeship training involving Multi-Scale Education and Research through Active Learning.  Professional interests focus on the simple theme of understanding natural processes relative to space, time, scale, and thought. With the recent advances in remote sensing, computer technology, and telecommunications, it is now possible to "look" at processes at spatial scales beyond the human vision. Furthermore, the speed of modern technology affords us the luxury of replaying events at temporal scales many times faster than they occur. This gives us the opportunity to assess and analyze events in the past to better understand the present and prepare ourselves for the future. Several ongoing research projects and outreach activities focus on research, outreach, and communication of ideas that support the discovery elements of science while advancing the development of operational tools necessary to facilitate scientific discovery.



• Water Science• Geophysics• Remote Sensing• Environmental Interactions• Air-Sea Interactions


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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