Professor Jahren is an isotope detective. Her research focuses on living and fossil organisms and how they are chemically linked to the global environment. Field work takes her from the fossilized forests of the Arctic to fast food restaurants down the street, using measurements of the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen to learn about subjects as diverse as diet and global warming. Dr. Jahren is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union, the Donath Medal from the Geological Society of America, and she is a Biogeochemistry Fellow of the AGU. She is a two-time recipient of Fulbright Awards, one for Arctic Science in Norway and another for Environmental Science in Denmark. She completed a B.A. degree in Geology at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and holds a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently Professor of Marine and Environmental Geology at the University of Hawai‘i.
Dr. Jahren’s lecture is co-sponsored by SU-ADVANCE. She will also be giving a technical lecture in the K. Douglas Nelson Lecture Series in the Department of Earth Sciences on Thursday, October 24th, at 4pm in the Heroy Geology Lab rm 113 entitled “The Effect of Elevated pCO2 on C3 Plants through Geologic Time”.