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Carrie Meisner
Earth/Physical Sciences Professor

Professor Meisner's interest in the earth sciences was evident early in her life, but her passion for geology blossomed under the inspiring tutelage of Dr. Don Wise, Dr. Carol de Wet and Dr. Bob Wiebe at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. After graduating from F and M, Carrie moved across the country and earned an MS at Oregon State University in Soil Science with a minor in Anthropology. During her time at OSU, Ms. Meisner spent two field seasons in Ancient Korinth, Greece where she worked with the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey and collected data for her thesis on paleoclimate. After defending at OSU, Carrie moved to Elko, NV. Prior to becoming an instructor at Great Basin College, Carrie was an environmental consultant. To adapt to the evolution of education, Professor Meisner has taken graduate coursework in Instructional Design and Technology, and continues to research and implement best practices for distance education delivery.


Ms. Meisner is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to reveal uplift and exhumation rates of the Ruby Mountain metamorphic core complex. She is responsible for creating instructional materials and managing the broader impacts relating to this research. Using creative, accessible outreach opportunities, and incorporating multi-disciplinary undergraduate students in the design and development of instructional materials such as tutorials, as well as publications, she hopes to change the paradigm for broader impacts in federally funded grants.


Contact Information

Office Location: Elko Campus
Email: caroline.meisner(a)
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  • MS, Oregon State University
  • BA, Franklin and Marshall College

Recommended Web Links

Carrie Meisner cartoon.


Honors and Awards
  • Most Outstanding Teaching Faculty 2009
  • NSF Award Recipient 2017-2020

Photo Gallery

Out in the field, soil sample taking.
Examining a soil profile
Out in the field studying glaciers.
GEOL 101 students investigating cross-bedding in Carlin Canyon.
GEOL 101 students investigating cross-bedding in Carlin Canyon.
Professor Meisner in the Ruby Mountains.
Professor Meisner in the Ruby Mountains.
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