Jennifer Kasbohm

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I’m a sixth year grad student in the Department of Geosciences, and I’m thrilled to be part your community this year! I was born and raised in Bridgewater, NJ, just forty minutes north of Princeton. As an undergrad, I double majored in geology & humanities, lived in a residential college constructed without right angles, survived Yale’s version of the Humanities sequence, was an active member of the Catholic community, captained the Club Taekwondo team, and mastered the art of university-sponsored travel for 34 weeks of field work and field trips abroad. Stop by room 325 or find me in the dining hall if you want to talk about science and/or humanities, getting involved in undergraduate research, traveling, or if you’re just excited to share what you’re learning!

In grad school I see myself as an Earth historian: the stories I read now are not found in medieval texts, but rather in the rock record. I study continental flood basalts (voluminous outpourings of lava erupted on a short time scale), and use high-precision geochronology to discern the tempo of eruptions. My findings will yield insights into how quickly continents moved 2.7 billion years ago, and whether volcanism could have led to global warming 16 million years ago. I’ve been excited to pursue this research in Western Australia, the northwest US, and right here in Guyot Hall. Outside of lab, I enjoy fitness classes at Dillon, cooking and baking, listening to ‘Hamilton’ (ok that also happens inside lab), eating ice cream in town, visiting museums, hiking and camping - I hope you’ll be joining me in some of these activities over the coming year! Looking forward to meeting you and being part of your Forbes family!