Dillon Osleger is an Earth Scientist, storyteller and athlete drawn to stories anchored to the confluence of the outdoor industry and community’s relationship with natural and rapidly changing environments.

Whether cycling at a professional level, establishing new backcountry ski descents, or writing creative pieces on landscapes or events, I strive to impart my own voice that comes from a history of studying and playing in the outdoors. I believe imparting intrinsic value upon a landscape is equally as valuable as expressing its utilitarian value. Whether this value is expressed through words, education, pictures, or design I find passion in making it my own.

Dillon holds a B.S. and Master’s degree in Earth Science, as well as minors in Hydrology and Microbiology, which have set him on a course to combine science, conservation and storytelling.

Currently, Dillon works as the Executive Director of Sage Trail Alliance, a conservation and trails nonprofit. Dillon serves as an advisor for several other conservation nonprofits from Santa Barbara to Tahoe, CA.

Academic Background

Community Outreach

  • International Mountain Bike Association, Santa Barbara chapter board member, trail work volunteer, fundraiser (>$120,000 for 2018 year)
  • On to the Future Mentor: GSA Annual Meeting 2016; 2017
  • UCSB K-12 Outreach: Mentoring local K-12 students in a variety of programs

Teaching Experience

• Field Geology, University of California, Santa Barbara (Summer, 2017)
• Field Hydrology, University of California, Santa Barbara (Fall, 2017)
• Geomorphology, University of California, Santa Barbara (Spring, 2018)

Select Field Research Experience

• 2016 – 2018 – Field research lead studying tsunami occurrence and the spatial and temporal variability of large storm events throughout Southern California over the past six thousand years through analytical sedimentary and isotope chemistry analysis.

• 2017 – 2018 – Investigating the relationship between rangeland agriculture management practices and soil health through meta-analytic computing methods. Developed code in R and Python to run statistical relationships, analyze, and visualize data relationships for peer reviewed publication and applied use. The Nature Conservancy

• 2015-2016 – Carboniferous bioapatite δ18OPO4 and 87Sr/86Sr from the Donets Basin, Ukraine: evidence for amplified sensitivity of epicontinental seas to global climate change. 2018. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

• 2013 – Monitoring Whitebark Pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, 2013 Annual Report. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/GRYN/NRDS -2014/631. National Park Service.

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