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Department of

Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Anne A. Sturz

Professor Emerita, Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Anne A. Sturz, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1991.  She also currently serves as an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Sturz offers undergraduate and graduate courses on chemical and physical oceanography and earth systems.  Her research focus is hydrothermal fluid chemical composition and secondary mineral formation at oceanic spreading ridges. She retired from USD in May 2010.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Oceanography
M.S., San Diego State University, Geology
B.S., San Diego State University, Geology

 

Scholarly and Creative Work

Sturz’ research focused on hydrothermal fluid chemical composition and mineral formation at oceanic spreading ridges.  She was shipboard geochemist during Legs 128 (Japan Sea) and 158 (Mid Atlantic Ridge at TAG) of the Ocean Drilling Program.  As part of the Erupt Project ecosystems studies, she examined dissolved components in seawater near and within the caldera of an active volcano, Bransfield Strait, Antarctica.  Her Mud Pots Project provided time-series monitoring of seeps overlying the Salton Sea Geothermal System.   Results of this work led to better understanding of physical and chemical exchange between rocks and water associated with volcanic activity.

Teaching Interests

Sturz taught lower division courses on physical oceanography and earth systems.  At the upper division and graduate level, she has taught advanced courses on physical and chemical oceanography.  In addition to teaching oceanography courses, Sturz has taught senior seminar and special topics courses on hydrothermal vents and on sustainable environment.