Full Time Faculty
Phone: (718) 368-6636
Office Location: S-302, Arts and Sciences Center
Robert Schenck is both a College Laboratory Technician and an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Physical Sciences at Kingsborough. As an Adjunct Instructor, Mr. Schenck usually teaches Oceanography, and occasionally other courses. Mr. Schenck is the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Operator for the Cosmochemistry Facility within the Department of Physical Sciences. This instrument is used to carry out research by Departmental Faculty, instruct students, and is also rented out to outside researchers which generates revenue for the College as a whole. Mr. Schenck is certified by the college's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Committee to teach Writing Intensive versions of college courses.
Mr. Schenck studied biology and geology as an undergraduate at SUNY Albany. Mr. Schenck enrolled in Adelphi University's MS program under the Biology Department, where his advisor and mentor was Professor Beth Christensen. It was with Dr. Christensen that Mr. Schenck first started studying foraminifera (tiny chalky plankton) from ocean sediment cores. This lead to his dissertation research on climate, oceanography, and the history of upwelling off the coast of Southern Africa. In the course of this research Mr. Schenck also worked with Dr. E. C. Farmer of Hofstra University and performed some lab work at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) in Palisades NY. This research involved traditional work: identifying and tabulating different species of foraminifera based on the shape of their fossil tests, and also isotopic work: examining the ratio of Mg and Ca in the plankton using an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrophotometer (ICPOES). It was also at Adelphi University that Mr. Schenck began serious use of a Scanning Electron Microscope to examine foraminifera and other specimens.
2001 SUNY Albany, Albany, NY. BS in Geology and Biology
2007 Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. MS in Biology
For the Department of Physical Sciences:
|Selected Publications and/or Other Resources
Schenck, Robert. 2008. The Kingsborough Community College Middle School Students Oceanographic Science and Technology Program. [Poster]. National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Eastern Section Annual Meeting. May 1-4, 2008. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY.
Schenck, Robert. 2008. The Middle School Students Oceanographic Science and Technology Program, a multi-disciplinary, multi-method approach. Ocean Sciences Meeting; Session:042 2008 Mar 2-7; Orlando Fl.
Schenck, Robert. 2007. Mg/Ca and Faunal Proxies of Pleistocene South Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures and Inter-hemispheric Heat Transport. [dissertation] [Garden City, NY]: Adelphi University
Schenck, R J, Christensen, B A, Foote, J. (2006) A Foraminiferal investigation of Pleistocene South Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures and Inter-hemispheric Heat Transport. Eos Trans. AGU, 87(36) Jt. Assemb. Suppl. Abstract PP43A-04
Paleontology, Oceanography, Foraminifera, Scanning Electron Microscopy
|Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
American Geophysical Union