A. Hope Jahren PhD

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Professor of Geobiology

My research focuses on living and fossil organisms, and how they are chemically linked to the global environment. Using measurements of the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen my group is working to elucidate information about metabolism and environment, both in the Human environment, and through Geologic Time.

Some recent research projects include analyzing the carbon isotope compostion of terrestrial land plants, the carbon isotope composition of ancient terrestrial organic matter, and the Arctic Eocene, as well as others. You can read about these projects on my Research Page.

I moved my stable isotope geochemistry lab to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa from Johns Hopkins University in July of 2008. The lab group changes over the years, but it generally employs a few undergraduates and graduate students, as well as two or three post doctoral fellows, all of whom are working on various projects. The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship of the University of Hawaii system. It is located in Honolulu, easily accessible from the Honolulu International Airport. The campus itself has all the facilities of any major research institution. We also collaborate with universities and institutions all around the world. Yet we are on a tropical island surrounded by beaches and palm trees. There is a lot to be said for doing cutting edge research in Hawai'i.