Rebecca VanderLeest.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology


  • PhD, geosciences, University of Connecticut
  • MS, geosciences, Penn State University
  • BS, geosciences, University of Connecticut


I am a field-based geologist interested in basin and mountain evolution. I use the rock record and geochronology, dating of rocks, to understand how tectonics, magmatism, and sea level have influenced past environments and mountain growth.

In the classroom, my goal is for students to understand how society and geology are intertwined. I enjoy taking students into the field, so they have an understanding for how geology is used all around them.

At Oberlin, I teach courses in Geology in our National Parks; Planets, Moons, and Meteorites; and Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.