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T 1-2:30pm
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266 Hayden Hall

Jane Dmochowski

Teaching Faculty


Ph.D., Geophysics, California Institute of Technology

Jane grew up in Southern California, graduated with her B.S. in Geophysics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1995. Her undergraduate research on paleomagnetics and recent tectonics got her hooked on science and led her to measure faults throughout California as well as the Teton fault in Wyoming (and also gave her ample time with a magnetometer in the wee hours of the night). After college she went ever-so-slightly southeast to California Institute of Technology in Pasadena for her Ph.D. in Geophysics. Her graduate research on magnetic paleointensity, earthquakes, plate tectonics and marine seismology took her to Antarctica, Mexico, Chili, New Zealand, and throughout the South Pacific Ocean (on the Nathaniel B. Palmer, an ice breaker!). She then spent some time outside of graduate school doing global seismology research in Brazil, psychology research at UCLA, and teaching in Southern California. She returned to graduate school in 2000 where her research on volcanism and remote sensing then took her throughout Baja California (sometimes by mule!). Her continued interest in earth science research, in particular studying vegetation’s response to climate change using remote sensing imagery, alongside her passion for the environment, science education, teaching and advising led her to University of Pennsylvania. Jane began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and became the Assistant Director of the Earth and Environmental Science undergraduate programs in 2008. She helped to start the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) in 2012, has served as a freshmen advisor since 2008, is a co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee’s (ESAC) Academic Subcommittee, helped to develop and run the Integrated Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) program, and currently is Teaching Faculty in the Earth and Environmental Science Department. She’s taught Math and Physics at the high school level in California and New Jersey and college classes in Earth Science, Environmental Chemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Case Studies, Research Methods, and is developing a remote sensing seminar for the spring 2015. In her spare time Jane enjoys knitting, doing the occasional triathlon, and anything involving her husband and two children.

Research Interests

Marine Geophysics, Remote Sensing, Science Education

Courses Taught

GEOL130: Oceanography
ENVS/GEOL399: Research Seminar for Juniors
ENVS/GEOL498: Senior Thesis
GEOL685: Earth and Space Science
CHEM012: Environmental Chemistry
VIPR120/121: Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) Seminar: Part I and Part II
ENVS301: Environmental Case Studies

Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316