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Mailing Address:      Matt Ebiner

                                Earth Sciences Dept.

                                El Camino College

                                16007 Crenshaw Blvd.

                                Torrance, CA 90506

El Camino Office - NATS 211

Office Phone - (310) 660-3593  x3369

Office Hours at ECC, FALL 2016 (Office - NATS 211) 

M 1045 -1115 AM

TU 500 - 600 PM

W 1045 -1115 AM

TH 500 - 600 PM



Teaching Schedule at ECC, FALL 2016

GEO 1 (Physical Geography) Thursday 600-910 pm   

GEO 5 (World Regional Geography) - MW 1115-1240 pm 

GEO 5 Honors (World Regional Geography) - MW 100-225 pm

GEO 5 (World Regional Geography) - TU 600 - 910 pm

GEO 6 (Physical Geography Lab) M 500 - 810 pm



Matt Ebiner 's Bio



Matt Ebiner and daughter Sophia at a lava tube in Iceland

Matt Ebiner has seen a good portion of the world but has always lived in Southern California. Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, he attended Bishop Amat High School in the late 1970s, and then went on to Mt. San Antonio College as a biology major.  “I was planning to become a podiatrist,” he recalls, “but the less practical side of me decided to switch to photography.”  Although he eventually switched from photography to geology, and finally to geography, he continues to incorporate photography into his travels and uses many of his photos in his PowerPoint class presentations.  He earned a B.A. and M.A. in geography from UCLA, started teaching part-time at El Camino College in 1986 and was hired full-time in 1991.  In the summers of 2000 and 2002 Matt led study abroad programs to Ireland with El Camino College students, with field trips throughout the Emerald Isle, and also to Britain and Paris.  In 2005 he led a study abroad program to New Zealand and returned to New Zealand in January 2007 to lead another study abroad program there.  He led a study abroad program in 2008 to Eastern Europe and in 2009  led a study abroad program to South Africa.

He is very active in regional geographic organizations, having served as president of Los Angeles Geographical Society (1995 and 2016) and as council member in the California Geographical Society (CGS) (1997-2010).  In 2002 he received the Outstanding Educator Award from CGS, an award given to one geography instructor in California each year. 

Matt sees the world as a magnificent and fascinating place, and his travels continually confirm that.  He got his first big taste of travel as a 19-year old when he faced a summer with energy, enthusiasm, and time on his hands.  Consequently, he did a 49-day bicycle ride across the USA by himself and considers the 4000-mile trip to be one of his proudest accomplishments.  He has visited 151 countries so far, and most of his travels over the last 20 years have been with his wife Suzan.  Some of his favorite places are New Zealand, Nepal, the Andes of Chile and Argentina, Iceland, India, Ireland, Switzerland, Namibia, South Africa, and the western USA.  

As a middle child in a family of 15 brothers and sisters (yes, all from the same 2 parents and yes, they are Catholic), a competitive streak developed in Matt at an early age, with several older brothers setting high standards in their endeavors and accomplishments.  He became an outstanding distance runner, competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 1988 and 1992 and winning races in Ireland, Spain, France, Brazil, and Australia.  A lover of mountains and trails, he ran the 222-mile John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada over the course of 9 days in the summer of 1994, scenery he considers to be the most beautiful in the world.  He was a 5th place finisher in the Masters (over 40) World Mountain Running Championships, held in Italy in August, 2004, a 3rd place finisher in the Masters (over 50) World Mountain Running Championships in Italy in 2011, and was national champion in the Masters (over 50) USA Cross Country National Championships in 2011 and 2012.  Matt is also the 11-time champion of the Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top, an 8-mile race on trails from 6000' to the 10,064' summit, held annually on Labor Day.  His 11th Mt. Baldy victory was in 2004, 23 years after his first victory there.  He ran 14 marathons in 2013, including the Mumbai (India) marathon where he was overall winner in a field of over 2000 runners.  With a time of 2:32:53 in the 2013 Boston Marathon, he was ranked #1 in the USA (and #2 in the World) in the marathon for the 50+ age-group in 2013.  In 2013 he was selected as the USA Master's Runner of the Year for the 50-54 age group as the #1 runner in the country in that age category.

Matt and his wife Suzan became proud parents of Sophia Ebiner in 2006.  By the time she was 10 years old Sophia had been to 79 countries (in order):  USA, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, New Zealand, Guatemala, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Montenegro, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbados, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom, Canada, Egypt, Lebanon, Indonesia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Ireland, France, Jordan, Ghana, Turkey, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Belize, Iceland, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Israel, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Portugal, Taiwan, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, Greece, Macedonia, and Kosovo!

In 2010 he created a travel company, GeoTours, designed to offer high-quality, excellent-value trips to various overseas destinations.  These trips are done during school breaks (winter, spring, summer breaks) and are open to all ages, students and non-students.  Some of the 2017 destinations include Tanzania, Morocco, Guatemala, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Peru.  Consider joining one of these!

He loves hearing from former students, especially those that went on his field trips and study abroad programs, or have gone on to continue their geography studies after leaving El Camino.