Geosciences & Marine Science at Williams-Mystic

(Curriculum Vitae

Pronouns: she/her

Email: [email protected]




Courses 2020-21:
GEOS/MAST/ENVI 245T Hydrothermal Vents tutorial (Fall)
MAST/ENVI 263 The Global Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Fall)
GEOS 210/MAST 211 Oceanographic Processes (Spring)

Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth College, Earth Sciences

Graduate Institution: University of Washington, Oceanography (M.S. and Ph.D.)

Research: Undersea volcanoes and hydrothermal vents; science education

Professor Gilbert’s deep-sea research emphasizes the geophysical and geologic structure of mid-ocean ridges, seamounts, and hydrothermal systems.  She has collected samples and data using the HOV ALVIN, the ROV JASON, and a variety of research ships, including the D/V JOIDES RESOLUTION.  She is also a field geologist, with projects on ancient underwater volcanoes now accessible in New Zealand, Cyprus, Oman, Canada, Connecticut, and the western United States. Each summer, and part-time during the academic year, she leads the Marine Geosciences Research Group at Williams-Mystic and has mentored and collaborated with more than 100 undergraduate research students in the last 15 years.

Beyond her own teaching, Gilbert has been involved in several large efforts related to interdisciplinary education.  She coordinated science aboard the historic 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, which was a unique opportunity to work with historians, teachers, artists, and others to compare data collection at sea through time.  She was a leader of a major National Science Foundation grant to improve undergraduate sustainability education, InTeGrate.  Her on-going work includes efforts at improving equity in higher education, building partnerships in sustainability education throughout the learning ecosystem, and systems thinking skills development.   

Gilbert is an alumna of the Williams-Mystic Program from the spring of 1996 and joined the faculty in 2002.