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Frank Nitsche

Lecturer, Sustainability Science; Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Frank O. Nitsche is a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He studies sediment processes and morphological features of coastal areas including the Hudson River Estuary and the Long Island Sound. In addition, he investigates seafloor features of the Antarctic continental margin and is reconstructing past ice stream dynamics and the vulnerability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. In his research, he uses mostly geophysical mapping techniques and data integration through GIS.

Nitsche teaches in Columbia’s Master's programs in Sustainability Science. He previously has taught an Environmental Data Analysis course at Barnard College and coordinated environmental field classes on the Hudson River.

After a post-doctoral position at ETH Zurich, Nitsche came to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in 2001 where he started as a postdoctoral researcher. He has participated in nine ocean-going and numerous coastal expeditions, He has consulted on several environmental projects for New York State and Connecticut State.


  • Ph.D., University of Bremen
  • Diplom (M.S.), University of Kiel