Dr. Jesse Zondervan
My work focuses on understanding physical, chemical and biological processes on the Earth's surface. The Earth's surface is the interface of multiple Earth systems: the lithosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the hydrosphere. I'm interested in how these spheres interact to shape the environment in which we live.
Whilst my training is originally in geology and surface processes, I have experience working across subdisciplines of the Earth sciences and other disciplines such as archaeology.
I approach questions using an integrated approach to fieldwork and digital analysis, including remote sensing, geospatial analysis, machine learning and high-performance computing.
Now I'm working on integrating my work with synthetic biology approaches against desertification. The interface of engineering and science is of primary interest to my future work, in which I aim to contribute to solutions for planetary resilience.
I'm now working on the ROC-CO₂ project at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research associate.
I'm involved in science communication and I am the Content Editor for Geology for Global Development (GfGD).
Leveraging emerging technologies to drive solutions for planetary resilience
Biogeoengineering and terraforming using synthetic biology (gene editing)
Surface processes controlling mountain landscape evolution
Properties of rock (e.g. lithology, rock strength, chemistry) in relation to geomorphology
Quaternary climate, the carbon cycle and its impact on human evolution and cultures
Development and application of novel dating approaches