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Katherine Ellins, UTIG Program Manager


Katherine Ellins

Katherine Ellins

Program Manager


Telephone: (512) 471-0347
FAX: (512) 471-8844


Among the ophiolites, Cornwall.

Lizard, Cornwall, UK                          



Kathy Ellins is a program manager at UTIG where she specializes in Geoscience Education. She is the lead PI on the TXESS Revolution project, and a co-PI on a three-year NASA grant entitled, Earth System Science: A Key to Climate Literacy and an NSF DR K-12 grant entitled, Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy, both of which are led by Tamara Ledley at TERC. Active in national earth science education reform, Dr. Ellins served on the US Science Advisory Committee for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and has been involved in IODP strategic planning, including education and outreach, for fifteen years. She has also served on the IRIS Education Committee, the Earth Science Literacy Initiative Writing Workshop, and was involved in EarthScope education and outreach planning. She has provided K-12 science professional development in Texas for twelve years. 

She has a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Skidmore College, a Masters in Science Education from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (LDEO).Kathy has taught K-8 (primarily 5th and 7th grades) at St. David's School in NY, where she also served as the chair of the science department, and graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Florida where she was a faculty member in the Department of Geology from 1988-1994. From 1994 -1998 Kathy worked in the Ocean Drilling Program's JOIDES Office, first alongside Rob Kidd in Cardiff and then with Susan Humphris and Bob Detrick at WHOI. She was the JOIDES Office Liaison to the ODP Site Survey Panel.

Membership in Professional Organizations: AGU, GSA, National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), SACNAS, and Science and Marine Policy Information Network.