Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD

Beth received her PhD in geosciences from the University of California Santa Barbara (2005) and has since worked as both a university faculty member and Earth science education specialist. She has worked on geoscience and education projects in Nepal since 2000. Her geoscience research has focused on processes that shape the Earth surface we live on—from tectonics to climate to humans. Since 2008, she has worked in partnership with Tribhuvan University faculty on a small global positioning system (GPS) station network in central Nepal to help monitor Earth-surface movements and better understand earthquake hazards and groundwater changes for the region. Prior to starting with SIT in 2013, she led summer programs for MS students and science teachers to study interdisciplinary watershed issues in the Annapurna region of Nepal. One of her particular passions is helping people understand geohazards and how societies can combine sustainable development with risk reduction. She has co-led programs for Pacific Northwest and Alaskan educators to help them better understand earthquake/tsunami hazards and mitigation strategies and has taught about Himalayan geology and earthquake risk reduction in Kathmandu schools. She is also the project manager for the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues project, which builds undergraduate classroom and field curricular modules related to natural hazards, water resources, and climate change. Beth lives in Colorado but travels frequently to Nepal for research and to visit family.


Education

  • PhD, University of California Santa Barbara
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

NEPAL: Geoscience in the Himalaya

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