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).