Hillary Jenkins

Environmental Studies

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Areas of Expertise

  • Geology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Dendroclimatology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Hydrology


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

B.A. Geology, Wellesley College, 2004

For the Media

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P: 909.748.8525
E: hillary_jenkins@redlands.edu


I am a paleoclimatologist by training which means I study the climate of the past! I am interested in reconstructing the drought history of California by looking for clues hidden in tree rings and hidden beneath the earth surface in the groundwater of mountain meadow ecosystems. I also study disturbance – with a focus on fire in California and severe weather events (downbursts) in the Peruvian Amazon. I love fieldwork and the opportunity to explore the natural world through the scientific method. My love of the outdoors drives me to bring the field into the classroom and the classroom into the field. I use lecture demonstrations to visualize scientific concepts in class and bring my students on field trips whenever I can! 

Courses Offered

EVST 205: Great Environmental Disasters

EVST 290: Environmental Geology

EVST 391: Environmental Hydrology

EVST 392: Oceanography

EVST 433: Climate Science


Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Redlands, 2022 - Present

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Redlands, 2016-2022

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Redlands, 2014-2016

Preceptor, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2010-2014

Laboratory Instructor, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Duke University, 2004-2009


Jenkins, H.S., 2021, Air Pollution and Climate Drive Annual Growth in Ponderosa Pine Trees in Southern California. Climate, 9(5):82. https://doi.org/10.3390/cli9050082

Urquiza Muñoz, J.D., Magnabosco Marra, D., Negrón-Juarez, R.I., Tello-Espinoza, R., Alegría-Muñoz, W., Pacheco-Gómez, T., Rifai, S.W., Chambers, J.Q., Jenkins, H.S., Brenning, A., and Trumbore, S.E., 2021, Recovery of Forest Structure Following Large-Scale Windthrows in the Northwestern Amazon. Forests, 12, 667. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12060667

Jenkins, H., and Romack*, E., 2019, Modeling Hydrologic Change in a Californian Meadow: Lessons following the 2012-2015 Drought. United States Forest Service Report, 12.

Negron-Juarez, R., Jenkins, H., Raupp, C., da Silva Dias, M., and da Silva Dias, P., 2017, Unexpected high frequency of Southerly Squall Lines In Amazonia. Atmosphere, 8, 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos8020028

Zeng, H., Lu, T., Jenkins, H., Negrón-Juárez, R.I., and Xu, J., 2016, Assessing Earthquake-Induced Tree Mortality in Temperate Forest Ecosystems: A Case Study from Wenchuan, China. Remote Sensing, 8(3), 252. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs8030252

Cheng, F., Guo, Z., Jenkins, H.S., Fu, S., and Cheng, X., 2015, Initial rupture and displacement on the Altyn Tagh fault, northern Tibetan Plateau: Constraints based on residual Mesozoic to Cenozoic strata in the western Qaidam Basin: Geosphere, v. 11. https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geosphere/article/11/3/921/132279/Initial-rupture-and-displacement-on-the-Altyn-Tagh

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., and 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.

Awards, Honors, Grants


Outstanding Service Award, Faculty Review Committee, University of Redlands, 2021

Johnston Fellow, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, University of Redlands, 2019

Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty Review Committee, University of Redlands, 2018

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

Harvard Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning, 2013 & 2014


Professor of the Year Nomination, Mortar Board, University of Redlands, 2017


$65,000 Monitoring the Hydrology of Threatened Meadow Ecosystems in the San Bernardino Mountains, US Fish & Wildlife Service Recovery-Endangered Species Conservation Grant (F21AC02886-00), 2021

$2900 Fire in the Forest: Quantifying Recovery from Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, Faculty Research Grant, Academic Affairs, University of Redlands, 2019

$4000 EnVRonment: Immersive Environmental Studies with Virtual Reality, Technology Development Grant, Task Force for Online Learning, University of Redlands, 2019

$23,000 Mobilizing Science: Developing Field-Based Spatial Applications, Spatial Communities of Practice Grant, Center for Spatial Studies, University of Redlands, 2015


American Association of Geographers (AAG), Member, 2021-Present

Association of Women Geologists (AWG), Member, 2019-Present

American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member, 2005-Present

Fun Facts

  • I am named after the first person to climb Mount Everest – Sir Edmund Hillary!
  • Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time with my own eyes was so awe-inspiring, so absolutely stunning - that I decided to make Environmental Science my academic and professional career.
  • Field work is often a tale of adventure and misadventure – I have watched the sun rise over glowing lava fields, misty clouds curl into deep green mountains, waves crash against icy glacial blocks, and…my car keys tumble over a cliff and down into a steep canyon.