Dr. Randy Keller : Introduction
My name is Randy Keller. I’m a geologist and an assistant professor at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. I live in Corvallis, Oregon. Here in western Oregon, we have spectacular landscapes, beautiful geology. Like many geologists, I love the natural world, and I love coming out here and treating this as my natural lab.
In my job, I do a variety of things. That’s one of the things I really like about it. When I’m teaching, I spend a lot of time interacting with the students in the classroom. They often come by my office to talk about oceanography or geology. And I also quite a bit of work in the laboratory, trying to understand the chemical composition of the rocks I collect, and determine their ages.
I think what I enjoy most about working at sea is the scenery. The horizon is always there with beautiful could formations. You see a lot of marine life that you wouldn’t see on land. The other thing is working with interesting groups of people who do different things. When you work together as a team to solve problems, it develops a kind of camaraderie that you don’t get when you are in your office at home.