Sarah Gray, PhD

Sarah Gray
Phone: (619) 260-4098
Fax: (619) 260-6874
Office: Shiley Ctr for Science & Techn 270

Chair and Professor, Environmental and Ocean Sciences

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz; Earth Sciences
  • B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; Geological Sciences
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Sarah Gray, PhD, teaches courses in geological oceanography, paleoclimatology, climate change, environmental geology, and earth science.  These courses include hands-on field and lab-based research experiences.  Gray conducts research in paleoclimatology, marine sedimentation, the geology of coral reefs and environmental proxies recorded in the geochemistry of coral skeletons.  Current research includes a study of the impact of watershed development on sedimentation on fringing coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a synthesis of multi-century climate cycles preserved in the geologic record. Her PhD dissertation was entitled “Late Quaternary History of Reef Growth, Sea Level, and Diagenesis from three Cook Islands Atolls”.

Areas of Interest

Gray teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in geological oceanography, paleoclimatology, climate change, environmental geology, earth science internship, and thesis research.  In addition, she has taught special Honors courses (Ice-Age Ancestors and Climate Change) and a study abroad course in French Polynesia on the geology and oceanography of tropical islands.  All of her courses encourage examination of interconnectedness of the “spheres” of the earth system through critical thinking and hands-on field and lab-based research experiences such as oceanographic research cruises and field trips to the coastal zones and deserts.