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Welcome to Professor Sean’s Home Page, 2022!

Professor W. Sean Chamberlin, PhD, teaches oceanography, climate science and meteorology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, USA.

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Contact Information

E-mail Me: (students) or (all others).

Call My Uninhabited Office Phone: (714) 992-7443…and leave a message. I’ll get back to you. (Recorded messages go to my email.)

Text Me:‪ (714) 459-2130‬ (Google Voice)

Campus Address: 321 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832 (I won’t be checking my campus mailbox maybe ever, so if you need to mail me something, please let me know.)

Business website: Blue Planet Publishing

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2019 Teacher of the Year Nominee
2017 Best Practice Award for U-ACRE Project (with CSUF and SAC) from California Higher Ed Sustainability Conference
2010 Teacher of the Year Top Four Finalist
2003 National Council of Instructional Administrator Exemplary Initiative Award for Project Nautilus
1998 Best Use of Multimedia in the Classroom, California Community Colleges Foundation

Current Grants

2016-2018 The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program at California State University Fullerton, $48,000 National Institute of Food and Agriculture

2016-2019 Earth Science Undergraduate Research Initiative, $109,612, Fullerton College.

Grant History

2015-2017 Increasing the Degree and Certificate Completion Rates of Hispanic Science Students, $28,616, Fullerton College Student Equity Program

2016-2017 COWABUNGA-STEM (Coastal Observing and Whalewatching Activities Bringing Underrepresented Next Generation Academics into STEM), $24,361, Innovation Grant, North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD)

2015-2016 Science Nuts! An Innovative, Multicampus, Multidisciplinary, Science Literacy Initiative to Improve the Success of Diverse Science Learners and Reduce the Achievement Gap in Science Classes, $24,975, Innovation Grant, NOCCCD

2014-2015 Students for a Greener Planet, A High-Impact, Sustainability-Based, Innovative Teaching Strategy to Improve the Success of Diverse Learners and Reduce the Achievement Gap in General Education Science Classes, $24,054, Innovation Grant, NOCCCD

2012-2014 Wastefully or Sustainably: How Does Your Garden Grow?, $10,000, A World Water Forum Grant from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

2014-2015 Increasing Science Literacy in General Education Science Courses, $2000, Faculty Inquiry Group, Fullerton College Basic Skills Teaching Excellence Grant

2014-2015 The Algae-in-a-Bottle Project, a High Impact Educational Practice for Connecting Aquatic Science Concepts, $1500, ENGAGE-IN-STEM Mini Grant, Cal State Fullerton

2014 Students for a Greener Planet, $1000, Environmental Innovation Grant, Southern California Gas Company

Select Publications and Abstracts

J. F. Marra, W. S. Chamberlin, C. Knudson, C. Ho, W. J. Rhea. 2022. Parameters for the Depth of the Ocean’s Productive Layer. Abstract. Ocean Carbon from Space 2022 Workshop.

Marra, J.F., R.T. Barber, E. Barber, R.R. Bidigare, W.S. Chamberlin, R. Goericke, B.R. Hargreaves, M. Hisock, R. Iturriaga, Z.I. Johnson, D.A. Kiefer, C. Kinkade, C. Knudson, V. Lance, C. Langdon, Z.-P. Lee, M.J. Perry, W.O. Smith, R. Vaillancourt, L. Zoffoli. 2020. A database of ocean primary productivity from the 14-C method. Limnology and Oceanography Letters,

Chamberlin, W.S., and Roman DeJesus, COWABUNGA-STEM (Coastal Ocean and Whalewatching Activities Bringing Underrepresented Next Generation Academics into STEM), Poster Presentation, NOCCCD Best Practices Round Table, Anaheim (2017)

Chamberlin, W.S., Jay Goldstein, Dave Echols, and Colleagues, Science Nuts! A Multi-Campus Science Literacy Initiative to Improve the Success of Diverse Science Learners, Poster Presentation, NOCCCD Best Practices Round Table, Anaheim (2017)

Chamberlin, W.S., The Ecosystem-in-a-Bottle Experiment, Poster Presentation, California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Cal State University, Fullerton (2016).

Chamberlin, W.S., The Algae-in-a-Bottle Experiment, In the Trenches, Vol 6 (2): 8-9 (2016).

Chamberlin, W.S., and R. Dickert, Clouds in Your Coffee: Southern California’s Wild Weather and Climate. In progress. (2011).

Lozinsky, R., S. Chamberlin, and M. Willis. Creating an Earth Science Course that is more relevant to today’s Student. GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting. (2010).

Chamberlin, W.S. Activity Guide for Exploring the World Ocean. Self-published. (2010).

Chamberlin, W.S. Guide to Student-Generated Videos. Self-published. (2009).

Chamberlin, W. S. and T. Dickey. Exploring the World Ocean. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. (2008).

Chamberlin, W. S. and T. Dickey. Exploring the World Ocean: A New, Inquiry-Based “Tool” for Teaching 21st Century Oceanography. The Ocean Sciences Meeting (2006).

Chamberlin, W.S. and M. Lizotte. Comparing Student Performance in Hands-On and Virtual Laboratory Investigations: The Role of Learning Preferences. FIRST II Conference. (2005).

Chamberlin, W. S. The Remarkable Ocean World of Jules Verne: A Study Guide for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Kendall-Hunt Publishing. (2002).

Chamberlin, W.S. The Teleweb: Meeting Diverse Learning Styles with Active Learning. Tel e-Learning Conference. (2004).

Chamberlin, W.S. Engage Warp Engines: We’re Going Where No One Has Before! TECH-ED. (2001).

Chamberlin, W. S. Face-to-Face versus Cyberspace: Finding the Middle Ground. Syllabus Magazine (2001).

Chamberlin, W.S. The Realities of Teaching Online. Faculty Association of Community Colleges in California. (2000).

Chamberlin, W.S. and J. Marra. Estimation of photosynthetic rate from measurements of natural fluorescence: Analysis of the effects of light and temperature. Deep-Sea Research 39: 1695-1706. (1992);

Kiefer, D.A, Chamberlin, W.S, and R. Booth. Natural fluorescence of chlorophyll a:Relationship to photosynthesis and chlorophyll concentration in the western South Pacific gyre. Limnol. Oceanogr., 34(5), 868-881. (1989).