earth sciences, education


Kathy Ellins is a program director in Outreach and Diversity at UT Austin where she specializes in Geoscience Education. She is the lead PI on the TXESS Revolution project, and a co-PI on a three-year NASA grant entitled, Earth System Science: A Key to Climate Literacy and an NSF DR K-12 grant entitled, Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy, both of which are led by Tamara Ledley at TERC.

Active in national earth science education reform, Dr. Ellins served on the US Science Advisory Committee for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and has been involved in IODP strategic planning, including education and outreach, for fifteen years. She has also served on the IRIS Education Committee, the Earth Science Literacy Initiative Writing Workshop, and was involved in EarthScope education and outreach planning.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Skidmore College, a Masters in Science Education from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (LDEO).