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Office Location: 
Hayden Hall Rm 162

Jane Kathryn Willenbring

Assistant Professor


M.Sci., Ph.D.

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the evolution of the Earth’s surface – especially how landscapes are affected by tectonics, climate change, and life. I use geochemical techniques, high-resolution topographic data, field observations, and, when possible, I couple these data to landscape evolution numerical models and ice sheet models. The geochemical tools I use and develop often include cosmogenic nuclide systems, which provide powerful, novel methods to constrain rates of erosion and mineral weathering.  I have also started to organize citizen science campaigns and apply basic science principles to problems of human health with an ultimate broader impact goal of cleaning up urban areas and environments adversely impacted by animal agriculture.

Courses Taught

GEOL125 - Earth and Life through Time

GEAL422/622 - Rates and Dates: Applications in Modern Geochronology

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