Jennifer Schmidt

Jennifer L. Schmidt
Curriculum Vitae

jschmid2@wellesley.edu
Geosciences
B.S., University of Arizona ; M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara
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Jennifer L. Schmidt

Visiting Lecturer in Geosciences

Application of thermochronometry, geomorphic analysis, and thermokinematic modeling to understanding mountain belt evolution; argon diffusion systematics in feldspars


I’m interested in how climate, erosion, and tectonics interact to drive orogenesis. My research focuses around applying thermochronometry, geomorphic analysis and thermokinematic modeling to understanding mountain belt evolution. I am currently working on a large-scale project in southeastern Tibet involving questions of drivers of regional exhumation and landscape evolution and links to deeper lithospheric processes. Additionally, I am working on a project in Yosemite National Park evaluating argon diffusion systematics in feldspars in order to enhance applications in thermochronometry. 

I am interested in teaching a range of courses including Earth Materials, Introductory Geoscience, and Structural Geology here at Wellesley. I aim to provide students with an engaging, inquiry-based education through a strong integration of lecture, laboratory, and field experience.