Alan Trujillo


Al Trujillo teaches oceanography, geology, and geography at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California (near San Diego), where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Earth Sciences and co-Director of the Oceanography Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California at Davis and his master’s degree in geology from Northern Arizona University. Afterward he worked for several years in the industry as a developmental geologist, hydro-geologist, and computer specialist.

Al began teaching in the Earth Sciences Department at Palomar College in 1990. In 1997, he was awarded Palomar’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and was also awarded Palomar’s Research Award in 2005 for work on his textbooks. He is a co-author of two leading college-level oceanography textbooks: Essentials of Oceanography and Introductory Oceanography and is also a contributing author for two earth science textbooks: Earth and Earth Science. In 2012, Essentials of Oceanography, 10th Edition, was awarded the prestigious Text and Academic Author’s Association “Texty” award for textbook excellence.

In addition to teaching and writing, Al has worked as a naturalist and lecturer aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic vessels since 1991. As a hobby, he collects sand from around the world. In 1993, Al met his wife, Sandy, aboard a Lindblad-National Geographic voyage in Alaska and they have two teenage children, Karl and Eva.

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