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Lisa White
Assistant Director (Education and Public Programs)

Lisa White


Phone: (510) 664-4966

Lisa joined the UCMP in July 2012 as the successor to Judy Scotchmoor in education and outreach. She comes to the UCMP after a 22-year history at San Francisco State University where she held positions of Professor of Geosciences and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. She taught undergraduate classes in paleontology, historical geology, and the history of life, and guided research projects with graduate students in Miocene diatoms of the Monterey Formation of CA, and fossil cold seep assemblages in the Franciscan Complex.

"My childhood home in San Francisco is a block away from the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park and I think frequent visits to the Cal Academy must have sparked an early interest in paleontology and geology. Directing the SF-ROCKS (Reaching Out to Communities and Kids with Science in San Francisco) program at SF State has been a way to engage diverse urban youth in field and laboratory experiences with the goal of generating similar interest and excitement in the geosciences.

"My history with the UCMP is interwoven with the Understanding Evolution and Understanding Sciences sites, having served on both project advisory boards, and I quickly became a fan of Judy and all the great education and outreach work at the UCMP. I am absolutely delighted to now be working at the Museum!"


National Research Council, Committee on Trends and Opportunities in Federal Earth Science Education (Authors: Goldstein, A. (Chair), P. Asher, S. Cozzens, C. Manduca, E. Pyle, E. Riggs, K. Turekian, and L. White.) 2013. Preparing the Next Generation of Earth Scientists: An Examination of Federal Education and Training Programs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2013.  Read it

White, L.D. and Burrell, S., 2011. The METALS Partnership, NABBG Annual Technology Conference, September 2011. NABGG Conference Abstracts.

Reed-Sterrett, C., Dekens, P.S., White, L.D., Aiello, I.W., 2010. Cooling upwelling regions along the California margin during the early Pliocene: evidence for a shoaling thermocline. Stratigraphy, volume 7.

White, L.D., 2010. METALS: Minority Education through Traveling and Learning in the Sciences, NABBG Annual Technology Conference, September 2010. NABGG Conference Abstracts.

White, L.D., 2009. Techniques and tools for effective recruitment, retention and promotion of women and minorities in the geosciences. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 2009 Annual Meeting.

Serpa, L., White, L., and Pavlis, T, 2007. Recruiting and graduating minority geoscientists from the University of New Orleans. Journal of Geoscience Education v. 55, no. 6. pp., 560-566.

White, L. D., 2006. Increasing interest in the geosciences at public high schools in San Francisco through the SF-ROCKS program. Eos (Transactions AGU), v. 87, no. 52, ED51A-0832.

White, L D, Brooks, K, Chen, R., Chen, T., James, T., Gonzales, J., Schumaker, D., Williams, D., 2005. The Purisima Formation at Capitola Beach, Santa Cruz County, CA: A deeper examination of Pliocene fossils. Eos (Transactions AGU), v. 86, no. 52, ED43A-0845.

White, L., Snow, M., Davis, J., and Serpa, L., 2005. Bringing the SF-ROCKS model beyond the San Francisco Bay Area: Building a partnership between the San Francisco State University and the University of New Orleans geoscience diversity programs. Eos (Transactions AGU), v. 86, no. 18, ED13E-03.

White, L. D., K. Grove, D. Dempsey, O. Garcia, N. Garfield, M. La Force, R. Pestrong, J. Davis, and M.K. Snow, 2004. SF-ROCKS: Reaching Out to Communities and Kids with Science in San Francisco. GSA Today vol. 14, no.2, p. 10.