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Danielle Haskett Jennings

Haskett JenningsTaking Short Core from Falcon LakeBlack Lake RMNP


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Wecota Hall



Mailing Address

Wecota Hall 109
Geography & Geospatial Sciences-Box 0506
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


I am an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University where I do research in paleoclimatology and biologic response to climatic and environmental changes. I completed my Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. I use a biological proxy (chironomids) to study changes in climate and environment over broad timescales. My dissertation investigated how glacial meltwater is impacting the high elevation lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. The interdisciplinary aspect of my research gives me a unique perspective on how environmental systems operate. I have used methods from physical geography, geology, geochemistry, ecology, and statistics to understand and pursue my research objectives.


Ph.D. 2020. Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Dissertation: Climatic and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains During the Late Quaternary: A Paleolimnological Approach

M.S. 2013. Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Thesis: A Quantitative Midge-Based Reconstruction of Thermal Conditions in Central Colorado during Marine Isotope Stage 5.

B.S. 2004. Geology (Minor: Geography)
University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Academic Interests/Expertise

Paleoenvironmental Change
Nutrient Loading
Mountain Geography
Glacial Retreat

Specialty Area

  • Physical Geography
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoenvironmental Change
  • Biogeography