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Kathleen Phillips

 Katie Phillips
Primary Affiliation:Earth Systems Program
Office Location:Y2E2  139


  • 2006, PhD in Earth Sciences, specializing in Marine Geophysics
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
  • 1998, AB in Physics and Environmental Science
    Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Experience

  • 09/11 - present, Lecturer, Earth Systems Program, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 08/09 – 07/11, Program Manager and Lecturer, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 01/09 – 05/09, Marine Scientist/Project Coordinator, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
  • 01/06 – 11/08, Science Coordinator, Ridge 2000 Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
  • 07/06 - 11/08, Post-doctoral Researcher, part-time, Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

University Service

  • 2011 - present, Undergraduate Pre-Major Advisor
  • 2011 - present, Member of Sustainability Working Group

Professional Activities

  • 2012, Participant in Education Workshop on Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences facilitated by the InTeGrate Program.
  • 2010, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, Co-Chair of session on Capstone Projects and Practica
  • 2009, Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington D.C., Early Career Fellow
  • 2005, American Meteorological Society Summer Policy Colloquium, Washington D.C., Student Fellow

    Field Research:
  • Summer 2006, Hawaii, Field Trip Leader/Chief Scientist on 6-day research cruise.
  • 2000 – 2005, Pacific and Southern Oceans, Watch Stander, Data Analyst, and Instrument Deployment Assistant on 8 marine geology and geophysics research cruises totaling more than 160 days at sea.

Courses Taught

  • EARTHSYS 195, Natural Hazards and Risk Communication (Earth Systems WIM course)
  • EARTHSYS 260, Earth Systems Senior Seminar
  • EARTHSYS 290, Earth Systems Master's Seminar, Survival Skills for Interdisciplinary Graduate Students
  • EARTHSYS 117, Co-instructor for Earth Sciences of the Hawaiian Islands with the Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii


  • Camill, P., and K.A. Phillips (2011), Capstones and Practica in Environmental Studies and Sciences Programs: Rationale and Lessons Learned, J. Environmental Studies and Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s13412-011-0038-8.
  • Phillips, K.A., and H.J. Doyle (2011), An interdisciplinary capstone experience integrates science, technology, business, and law for joint MS students in environment and resources at Stanford University, J. Environmental Studies and Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s13412-011-0032-1.
  • Phillips, K. A., and D. K. Blackman (2008), Interdisciplinary Links in Oceanic Spreading Center Systems, Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 89:36, p. 332.
  • Phillips, K. A., C. D. Chadwell, and J. A. Hildebrand (2008), Vertical deformation measurements on the submerged south flank of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii reveal significant offshore motion associated with volcanic collapse, J. Geophysical Research, 113, B05106, doi:10.1029/2007JB005124.

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