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Contact Information

Call: 785-864-1960


Jennifer A. Roberts

Professor and Chair of Geology Department

University of Kansas, Lawrence


I am a native New Mexican who found an appreciation for unvegetated rock early in life.  I began studying geology while an undergraduate at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas as a way to merge my appreciation of landscapes with chemistry.  I then pursued a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin where I studied microbial interactions with aquifer mineralogy in hydrocarbon-contaminated groundwater. After my PhD, I was a National Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow in the Water Research Division of the USGS for one year before starting at KU.  My research at KU has allowed me to continue studying microbe:water:rock interactions in a variety of environments from Arctic permafrost to ooid shoals to volcanic hot springs.  I find inspiration in fieldwork that I then use to define hypotheses that can be tested using laboratory experimentation.  Away from the lab I enjoy a traditional macchiato, a perfect dry gin martini, and interesting conversation with family and friends (human and otherwise).  


  1. 2000


    Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
  2. 1995


    Department of Geology, Trinity University

Professional Appointments

  1. 2017-2022
    University of Kansas, Lawrence, Department of Geology
  2. 2016-present
    Professor, Department of Geology
    University of Kansas, Lawerence
  3. 2007-2016
    Associate Professor, Department of Geology
    University of Kansas, Lawrence
  4. 2009-2010; 2013-2016
    Associate Chairperson, Department of Geology
    University of Kansas, Lawrence
  5. 2001-2007
    Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
    University of Kansas, Lawrence
  6. 2000-2001
    National Research Council (USA) Post-Doctoral Associate
    U.S. Geological Survey
  7. 1995-2000
    National Science Foundation (USA) Graduate Research Traineeship
    University of Texas at Austin


  • 2013
    Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Women Mentoring Women Award
    University of Kansas Emily Taylor Center
  • 2012-2013
    KU Senior Administrative Fellow
    University of Kansas, Lawrence
  • 2007
    Jan F. and Mary van Sant Geology Excellence Award
    University of Kansas, Department of Geology