Krista Smilek

Krista Smilek

Director Academic

Academic Director

Geology-Physics Building


A&S Geology - 0013

Professional Summary

I serve as the program advisor for geology majors, minors, and graduate students as well as prospective students.  I coordinate the undergraduate and graduate programs, maintain all things Catalyst-related for the department, and participate in geology-related community outreach.  I also lead the Ocean Margins field trip (GEOL4023/6023) to San Salvador, Bahamas and teach Natural Hazards (GEOL1009) during summer term.


B.S.: Ohio University Athens, OH, 2003 (Marine Biology)

M.S. : Ohio University Athens, OH, 2009 (Ichnology/Sed. Strat.)

Positions and Work Experience

2003 -2004 Science Intern, Forfar Field Station, Andros Island, Bahamas,

2005 - SCUBA Divemaster, Sea Base, Boy Scouts of America, Islamorada, FL,

2005 -2006 Science Instructor, NHMI, Big Pine Key, FL,

2009 -To Present Academic Director, Department of Geosciences, University of Cincinnati,

Honors and Awards

2013 McMicken Staff Excellence Award - Advising

2018 McMicken Staff Excellence Award - Academics

Professional Affiliation

Geological Society of America