Skip to content

Geographers on the Market: Joanne Ballard

Ballard_J

Joanne Ballard
Ph.D. 

Department of Geography
University of Tennessee
Email: jballa13@vols.utk.edu

 

 

Joanne graduated in August 2015 with a PhD in Geography. Sally Horn was her advisor.

Joanne has expertise in Quaternary environments and biogeography. She analyzes lake sediments for geochemical, geological, pollen, charcoal, and other evidence, and compare to ice core data to reconstruct past environments and events.

She also studies the paleontological record for geochemical evidence.   Geochemical analyses include stable isotopes, Xray fluorescence, Xray diffraction, thin sections, and experiments. She has developed a new proxy for paleofire, which may revolutionize paleoclimate studies, particularly for catastrophic events. Furthermore, she also has  experience in  glacial geology, dendrochronology, hydrology, soils, and field botany.  She has conducted research in eastern North America and western Europe and collaborates across disciplines.

11014671_10152865073353577_8295773963799575325_n

CanadianPier

sleeping.giant.overlook

joanne.sl.giant

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.