A self-described “geologist who does paleontology,” Kathleen Campbell is a professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, in the Earth Science programme of its School of Environment. Along with the paleoecological and paleoenvironmental aspects of geology, her lessons emphasize the importance of effective written communication about science.
Kathleen received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Santa Cruz, the University of Washington, and the University of Southern California respectively, and had a postdoctoral appointment at NASA’s Ames Research Center in 1995-1997. Her field studies in paleoecology and astrobiology focus on life in extreme environments, using marine hydrocarbon seeps and terrestrial thermal deposits (hot springs) as analogues for the habitats of early life on Earth with implications for the search for past life on Mars. Research has taken her to New Zealand, Patagonia, South Africa, the Australian Outback, and the western United States. She also works as an associate editor or editorial board member for a variety of scientific journals and reports.