Roberta Marinelli is Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. As dean she leads one of the strongest Earth sciences programs in the nation, with nationally recognized teaching and research expertise in oceanography, atmospheric sciences, geology, geography, and coastal studies.
Previously, Marinelli served as executive director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, a post she held since 2011. There, she played a leadership role in planning and implementing an expansion of academic and research programs in environmental studies at USC's University Park Campus, and directed the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Marinelli also oversaw the George and Mary Lou Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership, a nexus where scientists and policy makers can meet to resolve environmental challenges.
Prior to her arrival at USC, Marinelli was the Director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Sciences section, where she helped to lead the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary programs across the Foundation, including the International Polar Year, Climate Research Investments, and SEES (Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability). She was a tenured associate professor on the faculty at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, and an assistant professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
Marinelli received her master's and doctoral degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina, and her bachelor's degree from Brown University. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.
Anita Grunder is Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Geology. Grunder, who received her doctorate from Stanford University, has been on the OSU faculty since 1986 and was appointed Associate Dean in 2011.
Grunder is an accomplished volcanologist and a committed teacher who has led student trips from the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain to the geologic wonders of South Africa. She has received several awards for teaching and research, supervised numerous doctoral and masters degree students, been active in advising and curriculum development, and participated in public forums about accomplishments of women in science. From 2000-05, she led efforts to establish a new model for K-5 education in the Corvallis School District, with the creation of the Muddy Creek charter school.
In 2009, Grunder received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Association of Women Geoscientists. The award recognizes more than 20 years of educational efforts from K-12 to the doctoral level, a person who leads field trips in every class she teaches, and a widely recognized expert in such diverse fields as volcanology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, and physical geology.
She is a member of several professional societies, has conducted extensive research on volcanism, tectonic forces, and lava flows in the Pacific Northwest and Andes Mountains, and has served as editor for several professional journals.
This position is currently vacant.