New faculty joining geoscience

Geosciences will welcome two new faculty members in the fall of 2016

Geosciences will welcome two new faculty members in the fall of 2016, Ellen Chamberlin and Matt Jungers.

Chamberlin is a sedimentary geologist born and raised near Detroit, Mich. Her interest in earth science sparked during her undergraduate studies at Allegheny College, where she received her bachelor’s of science in geology. After spending two summers doing fieldwork in Montana for her undergraduate thesis, she was hooked on field geology, and went on to pursue a doctorate in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State University.

Chamberlin's research focuses on understanding the earth’s sedimentary record over geologic timescales, and understanding how sedimentary rocks record Earth history. To answer these questions, Chamberlin does field work in sedimentary rocks of the western United States (including Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming). She also uses laboratory work and computer modeling to study a range of questions in sedimentary processes. In addition to research, Chamberlin enjoys teaching through active learning and emphasizing science writing in the classroom. Like most geologists, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and playing music in her spare time.

Jungers is a geomorphologist with broad interests in how climate, tectonics and humans come together to shape this world of ours. He enjoys the process of bouncing between digital landscapes (in GIS) and real mountains and rivers (which are beautiful, complex, and challenging to fully understand!). If you have questions about how to use cosmogenic nuclides as geomorphic tracers or geochronometers, he can likely help you out in that arena, too.

Research has taken him to places as far flung as the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, and the central plateau of Madagascar – geology is a great way to see the world. However, Matt really likes working on projects close to home, too.

He will spend the summer of 2016 in the Adirondack Mountains with three undergrads studying the effects of beaver on sediment and carbon budgets in the headwaters of the Hudson River.

Since his days as an undergrad at Williams College, he has been a strong believer in the liberal arts approach to higher education, and thinks it is key to producing the next generation of informed people that know how to solve complex problems. In 2014-2015, Jungers taught at Oberlin College, and he is at Washington & Lee University this academic year (2015-2016). He is excited to bring all he’s learned to Denison in 2016, and looks forward to the lessons in life and geology that the students and faculty at Denison promise to provide.

He and his family (Kolee/wife, Juniper/daughter, Jackie/dog, Stan/dog, Baby Cat/cat) are looking forward to exploring Granville and the adjacent edge of the Appalachian Plateau. Matt is already scouting out new cycling routes near Denison.

February 12, 2016