Guertin named distinguished professor of Earth sciences


Guertin received her bachelor of arts degree in geology from Bucknell University and her doctorate in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She joined the Penn State Brandywine faculty in 2001.

Her primary research focus is the effective integration of innovative technologies to improve student learning in introductory-level geoscience courses, particularly to improve student scientific literacy, information literacy, and geospatial skills. De Ella Research projects have included student-produced audio narratives, ePortolios with Google Earth and ArcGIS Story Maps, and other technological tools for geoscience research and outreach. Her courses by Ella cover Earth science topics such as oceanography, climate change, energy, water and sustainability.

Penn State has honored Guertin with several University-wide awards, including the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006), the Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award (2019), and the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration (2020). ). In 2009, she was recognized at the national level with the Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award from the Geological Society of America (GSA).

In 2015, Guertin was elected as a GSA Fellow and was named one of 100 women nationwide as an INSIGHT Into Diversity Inspiring Women in STEM. In 2020, the Journal of Geoscience Education recognized her with the journal’s Outstanding Reviewer Award. She has been honored with a US Congressional Citation for civic and community engagement efforts and a United States Senate Certificate of Special Recognition for her work at sea with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

She is Brandywine’s coordinator for the environmental inquiry minor and Earth sustainability certificate. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She is the past chair of the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and a former councilor-at-large with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Currently, she serves as an elected member of the US Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling which advises US participation in the International Ocean Discovery Program.

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