Hillary Jenkins

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Geology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Dendroclimatology
  • Isotope geochmistry
  • Hydrology

Education

 Ph.D., Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, 2009.

B.A., Geology, Wellesley College, 2004

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Contact

P: 909.748.8525
E: hillary_jenkins@redlands.edu

 

Degrees held

  • Ph.D., Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, 2009.

  • B.A., Geology, Wellesley College, 2004

     

     

 

Experience

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise:

Geology, paleoclimatology, dendroclimatology, isotope geochemistry, and hydrology. Current research interests include tree rings and extreme drought in Amazonia and the southwestern United States, spatio-temporal patterns of water distribution, quality, and scarcity in southern California, deforestation and carbon budget estimates over the Amazon rainforest using remote sensing geospatial analysis techniques, earthquakes and forest ecosystem growth and carbon loss, and the tectonics of the Altyn Tagh Fault on the North Tibetan Plateau.

Previous Teaching Experience:

Preceptor, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2010-2014

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, Stonehill College, 2013

Laboratory Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, 2004-2009

Science Educator and Director of the Junior Docent Program, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 2002-2003

Previous Field Courses (Selected):

The Geologic Environments of Cape Cod, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Stonehill College (Fall 2013)

The Tectonic Evolution of the Appalachians*, Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts, Harvard University (2010-2013)

Seismic Interpretation in Fold-and-Thrust Belts: Field trip to the Southern Canadian Rocky Mountain Foreland*, Alberta, Canada, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Trip Leaders: Drs. John Shaw and Frank Billotti (2013)

The Geology of Hawaii, The Big Island of Hawaii, Harvard University (2011)

Oceanography and Sailing in the North Atlantic, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Sea Education Association (2010)

Dendrochronology of Pine Forests, Southern Pines, North Carolina, Duke University (2008)

The Geology and Ecology of Yellowstone*, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Duke University, Trip Leader: Dr. Bruce Corliss (2007)

Puerto Maldonado, Amazonian Lowlands, south-eastern Peru, Duke University (2007)

Ponderosa Pine Stand, Coronado Forest, southern Arizona, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, University of Arizona (2007)

Snyder Quarry*, Petrified Forest, north-central New Mexico, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Trip Leader: Dr. Andrew Heckert (2005-2007)

Bol'shoi Koty Biological Research Station*, Lake Baikal, southern Siberia, Irkutsk University, Trip Leaders: Drs. Marianne Moore and Thomas Hodge (2003)

*Denotes courses that were lead or co-lead by other faculty

Courses Offered

EVST 160 Great Environmental Disasters

EVST 360 Environmental Hydrology

EVST 360 Environmental Geology

EVST 260 May Term Travel Course: Tropical Rainforests: The Amazon, the Andes and the Inca

Publications

Zeng, H., Xu, J., Lu, T., Jenkins, H.S., Negron Juarez, R.I., Shi, F., Wu, Y., Wu, N., 2014, Earthquakes offset Forest Carbon Sequestration: Lessons from Wenchuan, China, Nature Communications, submitted.

Cheng, F., Guo, Z., Jenkins, H.S., Fu, S., Cheng, X., 2014, Initial Rupture and Displacement on the Altyn Tagh Fault, Northern Tibetan Plateau: Constraints based on residual Mesozoic to Cenozoic deposits in the western Qaidam Basin, Geosphere, submitted.

Jenkins, H.S., Baker, P.A., and Negron Juarez, R.I., 2013, Extreme drought events in Amazonia revealed from tree ring records in Borma, L. S.; Nobre, C. (Org.) Secas na Amazônia: causas e consequências. São Paulo: Oficina de Textos.

Heckert, A.B., Jenkins, H.S., Lucas, S.G., Hunt, A.P., 2012, Mandibles of Juvenile Phytosaurs (Archosauria: Crurotarsi) From the Upper Triassic Chinle Group of Texas and New Mexico, USA, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Jenkins, H.S., Baker, P.A., and Guilderson, T. P., American Geophysical Union, San Francisco Meeting, December, 2010 (poster).: Extreme Drought Events Revealed in Amazon Tree Ring Records.

Jenkins, H.S., 2009, Amazon Climate Reconstruction Using Growth Rates and Stable Isotopes of Tree Ring Cellulose from the Madre De Dios Basin, Peru. Duke University.

Jenkins, H.S., The Hotchkiss School, Summer Conference, June 2009 (presentation): The Interface of Science and Education: A Reflection.

Jenkins, H.S., Baker, P.A., and Evans, M.N., American Geophysical Union, San Francisco Meeting, December, 2008 (poster): Oxygen Isotopes in Tree Rings: A 345 Year Record of Precipitation in Amazonia.

Jenkins, H.S. and Madden, R.H., American Geophysical Union, San Francisco Meeting, December, 2006 (poster): Reconstructing Paleovegetation in Mid-Miocene Tropical South America: An Analysis of Carbon and Oxygen Stable Isotopes From Toxodontid Tooth Enamel.

Pollock, M., Balven, H., Gerber, T., Palter, J., Jenkins, H., and Morgan, L., Geological Society of America, Denver Meeting, October, 2006 (poster). Experiencing Geoscience: Critical Thinking Through Undergraduate Research.

Jenkins, H.S., and Pratson, L., American Geophysical Union, San Francisco Meeting, December, 2005 (poster). Evidence for Endothermy in Pterosaurs based on Flight Capability Analyses.

Heckert, A.B. and Jenkins, H.S., 2005, The Microvertebrate Fauna of the Upper Triassic (Revueltian) Snyder Quarry, North-Central New Mexico, 2005, New Mexico Geological Society, 56th Field Conference Guidebook, Geology of the Chama Basin, p. 319-334.

Jenkins, H.S., and Heckert, A.B., 2004, Revueltian (early-mid Norian) microvertebrates from the Upper Triassic Snyder quarry, Painted Desert Member, Petrified Forest Formation, north-central New Mexico: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v. 24 (supplement to no. 3), p. 75A.

Heckert, A.B., Jenkins, H.S., Lucas, S.G., and Mutter, R.J., 2004, The Microvertebrate fauna of the Upper Triassic Snyder quarry, from the Painted Desert Member of the Petrified Forest Formation (Revueltian), north-central New Mexico: New Mexico Geology, v. 26, p. 75.

Jenkins, H.S., 2004, Rediscovering the Gila: America's Oldest National Wilderness Area, Rural Property Bulletin (February Edition), p. 16-17.

Jung, J., Hojnowski, C., Jenkins, H., Ortiz, A., Brinkley, C., Cadish, L., Evans, A., Kissinger, P., Ordal, L., Osipova, S., Smith, A., Vredeveld, B., Hodge, T., Kohler, S., Rodenhouse, N. and Moore, M., 2004, Diel vertical migration of zooplankton in Lake Baikal and its relationship to body size. in A.I. Smirnov and L.R. Izmest'eva (eds) Ecosystems and Natural Resources of Mountain Regions, p. 131-140. Proceedings of the first international symposium on Lake Baikal: The current state of the surface and underground hydrosphere in mountainous areas, "Nauka", Novosibirsk, Russia.

Jenkins, H.S., and Heckert, A.B., 2004, Revueltian (earl-mid Norian) microvertebrates from the Upper Triassic Snyder quarry, Painted Desert Member, Petrified Forest Formation, north-central New Mexico: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36 (5), p. 423.

Heckert, A.B., Lucas, S. G., and Jenkins, H.S., Geological Society of America, Denver Meeting, November, 2004 (poster). Revueltian (Early-Mid Norian) Microvertebrates from the Upper Triassic Snyder Quarry, Painted Desert Member, Petrified Forest Formation, North-Central New Mexico.

Heckert, A.B., Lucas, S.G., and Jenkins, H.S., Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Denver Meeting, November, 2004 (poster). The Microvertebrate Fauna of the Upper Triassic Snyder Quarry, from the Painted Desert Member of the Petrified Forest Formation (Revueltian), North-Central New Mexico.

Jenkins, H.S., Ruhlman Conference, Wellesley College, 2004 (presentation). The Microvertebrate Fauna of the Upper Triassic Snyder Quarry, North-Central New Mexico: Description and Paleoecologic Reconstruction.

Peer Reviewer:

Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Global and Planetary Change

Journal of Plant Ecology and Diversity

Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres

National Geographic Society Grant Programs

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geological Society of America (GSA)

New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS)

Invited Presentations

Awards, Honors, Grants

ABLConnect Learning Innovator Prize, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), 2014.

Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, 2014.

Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, 2013.

Estwing Teaching Assistant of the Year, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, 2009.

Harvey Fellow, Harvey Fellows Program, Mustard Seed Foundation, 2006.

Sigma Xi Member, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 2004.

CRLA Regular Tutoring Certificate, College Reading and Learning Association, 2003.

Research Grants and Fellowships:

$45,000 Harvey Fellows Program, Mustard Seed Foundation, 2006.

$4,500 Sara Langer Award for Research in Geology, Wellesley College, 2003.

$3,000 Parents Internship Program Stipend, Wellesley College, 2002.

$3,000 Service Opportunity Stipend, Wellesley College, 2001.