Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Shannon Klotsko

Assistant Professor of Geology

Klotsko CMS 1330, DeLoach 104
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:, Personal Webpage

Marine Geology

Ph.D. 2017, Earth Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
M.S. 2013, Earth Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
B.S. 2011, Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University

OCN 150: Introduction to Oceanography
GLY 450: Geological Oceanography
GLY 550: Marine Geology
OCN 453/GLY 553: Seafloor Mapping 

Research Interests:
Dr. Klotsko’s research focuses on continental margin evolution during the late Quaternary and understanding the impacts of processes such as sea level fluctuations, tectonics, and climate. Previous and current research topics include, glacial lake outburst floods, submerged paleolandscapes and fluvial drainages related to the peopling of the Americas, and recent tectonic deformation. Her research has been undertaken in the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic, California (Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Northern Channel Islands, SoCal Borderlands), Oregon, and New England. She uses seafloor mapping tools (multibeam bathymetry, sidescan sonar) and high resolution subbottom data (Chirp), along with sediment cores to study these topics.