Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Email: jennmarlon at gmail.com
Education2009 Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon
2003 M.S., Geography, University of Oregon
1991 B.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
InterestsWildfires, Paleoecology/Paleoclimatology, Public Understanding of Climate Change & Climate Science Communication
BiographyI am an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a PalEON Postdoc at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. I recently completed an NSF Earth Sciences Division (EAR) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I was part of the Williams Lab. My expertise is in physical geography, and I have special interests in wildfires, climate change, paleoecology, and paleoclimatology. Much of my research uses sediment records of environmental change from lakes, bogs, soils, and oceans. I am particularly interested in how climate changes have affected wildfires in the past and how information about these changes can be used to improve our understanding of current wildfires and models of future fires.
I also have a strong interest in public understanding of climate change and in climate science communication. I have been fortunate to work on these issues as a co-organizer for the Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS), and through research collaborations with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.
I received both my Ph.D. (2009) and Masters degrees from the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. My dissertation "The Geography of Fire: A Paleo Perspective" quickly snowballed into an international effort to compile charcoal datasets from around the world, which is now called the Global Palaeofire Working Group.