Associate Professor; Director, Rider SELECT's CONNECT-ED Program

Office Location 
Memorial 218A
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099

Dr. Kathleen M. Browne received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1993 and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Geological and Marine Sciences. Her thesis investigated the processes controlling the formation of lamination in Bahamian cyanobacterial mats and mounds known as stromatolites. Kathy's research interests focus on the interaction of sedimentological, biological, and chemical processes producing cyanobacterial mats in subtropical, carbonate environments in the Bahamas and Australia. This research has been supported by grants from the National Geographic Society and the Kanagawa Museum of Natural History, Tokyo. More recently, Kathy has been studying microbial mats and tide pool physiochemistry in New Jersey salt marshes. In addition, she has initiated long-term chemical and physical studies of Centennial Lake on the Rider University campus as part of the Centennial Lake Watershed Restoration Project. From 2003 until 2013, Kathy served as the University’s Assistant Provost, Academic Director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, and the Director of the Rider Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT). She still serves as Co-Director of the Discovery Program and Director of CONNECT-ED. Dr. Browne can be reached at 609-895-5408 (e-mail; office: Science 320A).

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Field Marine Sciences
  • Oceanography Lab
  • Introduction to the Integrated Sciences and Math
  • Oceanography
  • Earth Materials and Processes Lab

Selected Publication Titles and Sources

  • Modern marine stromatolitic structures: the sediment dilemma. Stromatolites: Interaction of Microbes with Sediments.
  • Schizothrix gebeleinii sp. nov. builds subtidal stromatolites, Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. Algological Studies.
  • Modern marine stromatolites in the Exuma Cay, Bahamas: uncommonly common. Facies.
  • Normal-marine salinity of intertidal stromatolites, Exuma Islands, Bahamas. Geology.
  • Preparing to teach in the "Next Generation" science classroom: insights from classroom practitioners, NJEA Review.
  • Preparing for the next generation science standards through a K-16 collaboration: Insight from district administrators. Educational Viewpoints.