Meet Our Expert

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns

Knowledgeable experts from renowned organizations will accompany you throughout the trip and enrich your experiences with insights into the sights, cultures and people we encounter in each destination.

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns has a very diverse background in geological sciences. After earning a master’s in geology and Ph. D in geophysics at the University of Michigan, where her research focused on plate tectonics and paleogeography, she has worked in exploration for major oil companies, taught at universities, and today maintains a research affiliation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include tectonics and paleogeography as well as climatic geomorphology, especially as it relates to human history.   She has published studies in Caribbean tectonics, Paleozoic paleomagnetism, bedrock mapping, seismic imaging of complex structures, fracture studies, and isotopic studies of Roman marbles.

Around the Mediterranean, she participated in field projects related to the important prehistoric archaeological sites of La Grotte du Lazaret, France, Yabrud Rockshelter, Syria, Yarimburgaz, Turkey, and the Capsian sites of Telidjene basin NE Algeria. With classical archaeologists, she was worked at the world heritage site of El-Kurru, Sudan, Minoan sites on Pseira, Crete, the Dahkla Oasis in the western desert of Egypt, and the Aphrodiasias Regional Survey in western Turkey.

She has spent more than 40 years enthusiastically sharing her fascination with the Earth and how it works. Outside the university setting, she has lectured as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon, on trips for the UM Alumni Association, and in Ann Arbor training docents for the botanical gardens, arboretum and environmental education program in several public school systems and for Smithsonian Journeys.  Currently she works part-time as an interpretive guide in Santa Fe.