On the Market: Danielle Haskett Jennings

PhD Date:
May 2020
Courses Regularly Taught:
Dissertation Title: Climatic and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the Late Quaternary: A Paleolimnological Approach
Dissertation Chair: Marguerite Madden
Dissertation Committee:
Dissertation Committee (External):
Sally Walker

Danielle Haskett Jennings is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA). She received her B.S. in Geology from UGA where she focused in mineralogy and gemology. After graduating, she pursued a Graduate Gemologist certificate and worked at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City as a diamond grader. The work entailed attention to fine detail, a high level of consistency in grading and mapping diamonds, and the ability to work in a highly secured environment. Danielle also worked internationally to train others and assist in opening other labs. In 2013, she received her M.S. in Geography from UGA and has continued this work into her Ph.D. Her research is focused in paleoclimatology, paleolimnology, paleoecology, and biogeography. For this work, she uses biological proxies and isotopes collected from lake sediment as well as lake water, to reconstruct changing climates and environments over varying times scales that span from 100-150,000 years. This is used to study the timing and rate at which climates and environments have changed, essentially acting as a forensic scientist for climate. She has received grants totaling over $40,000 from NSF as well as a task agreement with the Department of the Interior to fund her work. Danielle has also won multiple national awards for talks given at national conferences as well as the Kerry Kelts award through the Geologic Society of America. She served as an intern for NASA and was chosen out of multiple other interns to present her work at a national conference. She was the teaching assistant coordinator for the Introduction to PHysical Labs as well as research assistantship at the Center for Applied Isotope studies (CAIS), where she worked in an analytical chemistry lab processing various researchers’ samples to obtain stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, as well as, perform water quality analysis. She has also acted as a lab manager, teacher, an editorial assistant for a scientific journal and earned a certificate in global information systems (GIS). Danielle prepares to graduate May 2020.