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Office:
Geography-Geology Building, Room 120S
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Research Interests:

biogeography, paleolimnology, paleoclimatology, water resources, climate change,  glacial retreat, atmospheric deposition of nitrogen, istopes, geochemistry

Graduates on the Job Market:

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.

Education:

2014 – Present

PhD, Department of Geography
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
* GPA: 3.97/4.00
* Geographic Information Systems Certificate

2011 – 2013

M.S., Geography, Department of Geography
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
* GPA: 3.81/4.00

2000 – 2004

B.S., Geology, Department of Geology
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
* GPA: 3.22/4.00

*Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) - GIA (2007)

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Climatic and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the Late Quaternary: A Paleolimnological Approach
Degree Completion Date:
Grants:

Awarded:
 

2017 – 2018

The University of Georgia Graduate School 2017 Summer Research Travel Grant for Doctoral Students. Danielle Haskett (PI) - $2,000

Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Award: Climate and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the late Quaternary: An Analogue for a Warm Future. Danielle Haskett (PI) - $1,325

Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grant: 12,000 years of Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains: Analogues for a Warm Future. Danielle Haskett (PI) - $1,500

Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grant, Atlanta Chapter: 12,000 years of Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains: Analogues for a Warm Future. Danielle Haskett (PI) - $1,000

2016 – 2017

University of Georgia Graduate School Student Travel Grant - $1,843

2016 – 2018

NSF GSS DDRI: Doctoral Dissertation Research: Climate and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains During the Late Quaternary: An Analogue for a Warm Future. David Porinchu (PI) and Danielle Haskett (Co-PI) - $15,960. 2016

2017 CESU Task Agreement (Department of the Interior): Benthic Invertebrate Response to Climate and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the Recent Past and the Holocene. David Porinchu (PI) and Danielle Haskett (Co-PI) - $11,000

2012 - 2014 

Office of STEM Education Small Grant, University of Georgia. The Development of "Inquiry-Based" Exercises on Local Physical Geographic Processes and Landforms for Geography 1111L: An Introduction to Physical Geography Laboratory Sections. Grundstein, A., Porinchu, D.F., Vercoe, R.A., Akers, P.D., Haskett, D.R., and Das, U. - $4,500

2012 – 2013 Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Award: A Paleolimnological Study of Late Quaternary Climate Change in the Colorado Rockies. Danielle Haskett (PI) - $1,428

TOTAL: $40,556

Courses Regularly Taught:
Selected Publications:

Haskett, D.R. and Porinchu, D.F., 2014. A quantitative midge-based reconstruction of mean July air temperature from a high-elevation site in central Colorado, USA, for MIS 6 and 5. Quaternary Research82(3), pp.580-591.

Miller, I.M., Pigati, J.S., Anderson, R.S., Johnson, K.R., Mahan, S., Ager, T.A., Baker, R.G., Blaauw, M., Bright, J., Brown, P.M. and Bryant, B., 2014. A high-elevation, multi-proxy biotic and environmental record of MIS 6-4 from the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA. Quaternary Research82(3), pp.618-634.

Haskett, D.R. and Porinchu, D.F., 2013. A quantitative midge-based reconstruction of thermal conditions in central Colorado during marine isotope stage 5 (Doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia).

Porinchu, D.F., Haskett, D.R. and Reinemann, S.A., 2017. Biostratigraphic evidence of human modification of high elevation aquatic ecosystems in the Intermountain West of the United States. Anthropocene20, pp.37-47.