Jill F. Banfield
Jill F. Banfield
Mineralogy, environmental geochemistry, geomicrobiology, environmental microbiology and nanogeoscience.
I am a Professor in the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (see contact information below). I also have an appointment in the geochemistry group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My primary research interests are in geomicrobiology and environmental microbiology. My group studies how microorganisms shape, and are shaped by, their natural environments. My research group studies microbial communities, primarily using cultivation-independent approaches such as genomics (metagenomics) and community proteomics. We work on microbial dissolution and precipitation of minerals, the structure, properties, and reactivity of nanoparticles (many of which are formed by microorganisms), microbial ecology, and microbial evolution. Virtually all of our projects are tied to a field site. Current locations of study are Iron Mountain (northern California), the Angelo Reserve (northern California), the Rifle and East River sites, Colorado, Crystal Geyser, Utah
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Information about the nanogeoscience program.
ALTERNATIVE PHONE NUMBER: 510 643 2155
ALTERNATIVE OFFICE: 336 Hilgard
Mineralogy, environmental geochemistry, geomicrobiology, and nanogeoscience
In my research group we study microbial communities - the organisms present and the ways in which they interact with, and shape their environments.
We develop bioinformatics-based methods that allow us to explore the diversity of orgnaisms in Earth's environments using DNA sequencing and other "omics" and geochemical data. Our approach centers around the reconstruction of genomes for the organisms present and analysis of the capacities of these organisms and their impacts on their environments.
We also study shale weathering, clay minerals, and microbial processes in riparian zone sediments, soils, and the deeper subsurface.
I teach, or have taught, the following graduate and undergraduate courses:
and a variety of seminars (geomicrobiology / environmental microbiology)
The course "Gems and Gem Materials" was developed by me ~ 1985 and is still available as a self taught series of modules. It is not currently being taught for credit.
Jillian F. Banfield
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Environmental Science, Policy, Management
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of California Berkeley
Australian National University
1978 to 1981 B.Sc. Honors: First Class
1983 to 1985 M.Sc. R. A. Eggleton, Advisor.
The Johns Hopkins University:
1986 to 1990 M.A. Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ph.D. D.R. Veblen, Advisor.
EMPLOYMENT AND AFFILIATIONS:
The University of California, Berkeley:
2001 - Professor, Departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy, Management,
2005 - Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2001 - Senior Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The University of Wisconsin-Madison:
1990 - 1995 Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
1990 - 2001 Materials Science Program
1995 - 1999 Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
1998 - 2001 Affiliate Faculty, Department of Chemistry
1999 - 2001 Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
The University of Tokyo, Japan:
1996 - 1997 Associate Professor, Mineralogical Institute, Univ. Tokyo
1998 - 1998 Professor, Mineralogical Institute, Univ. Tokyo.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
1997 Mineralogical Society of America Award
1998 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship UW Madison
1999 D.A. Brown Medal, Australian National University
1999 Faculty Achievement Award, UW-Madison
1999 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
2000 Marion L. and Christie M. Jackson Award of the Clay Minerals Society
2000 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
2000 Gast Lecturer, Geochemical Society
2000 Inaugural NSF Earth Science Week Lecturer
2005 Rosenqvist Lecturer, Norway
2005 Pioneer Lecturer, Clay Minerals Society
2006 Elected to the National Academy of Science
2006 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
2007 ASM Division Q lecturer (Environmental and General Applied Microbiology)
2007 Elected Fellow, The Geochemical Society
2010: Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America (mid career award
2011:Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science
2011:L’OREAL-UNESCO Award: North American Laureate
2013:Award of Dr. sc. h.c. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2015:Honorary doctorate, Ben Gurion University, Israel
2015:Elected to the Australian Academy of Science (International Member)
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