Krista L. Jankowski
Tulane University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
6823 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
kjankows@tulane.edu
www.kristajankowski.com
+1 (605) 310-3098

Education

PhD, Tulane University, Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2017 (expected)

Concentration: Coastal Systems, Tipping Points, Climate Change, Carbon Sequestration
Dissertation: Implications of environmental change on wetland vulnerability and carbon sequestration in coastal Louisiana
Advisors: T. Törnqvist (Tulane), M. Allison (Tulane), B. Rosenheim (Tulane/USF), M.
Kirwan (VIMS)

M.A., Columbia University, Climate & Society, 2010

Concentrations: Climate Forecast Application, Natural Disasters and Risk Reduction, Science Communication and Decision-making
Advisors: M. Cane (Columbia), L. Goddard (IRI)

B.A., Macalester College, Geology and Political Science, 2007

Concentrations: Glaciology, Limnology, Paleoclimate Reconstruction
Advisor: K. MacGregor (Macalester)

Expertise

science and sustainability communication, community outreach and engagement, STEM education, science policy, data management, data evaluation and visualization, global change, sea-level rise and impacts, coastal and deltaic systems, carbon cycling and storage, paleoclimate and glacial systems, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction

Professional Experience

2017

2011-present

LifeCity, Sustainability Data Management, Communication, and Visualization Consultant          

Tulane University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant

2010-2011

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Technical Advisor (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Central and Southeast Asia Regions)

2010

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Global Resource Package Curriculum Developer (Early Warning, Early Action; Contingency Planning)

2009-2010

Brooklyn Ecopolis, Educational Initiatives Leader

2009

Water Center, Columbia University, Graduate Researcher (Impacts of Intensified Storm-Induced Flooding on Electricity Outages)

2009

National Park Service, Geologic Resources Division, Curriculum Developer (Junior Paleontologist Program)

2007 

Science Museum of Minnesota, Paleontology Collection, Fossil Preparer

Teaching Experience

Higher Ed

2012, 2015

Historical Geology (Lab Instructor), Tulane University

2011-12, 2016

Invertebrate Paleontology (Lab Instructor), Tulane University

2010

Sustainability Science (TA and writing tutor), Columbia University

2006 

Geomorphology (TA), Glaciers and Climate Change (TA), Macalester College

2005

 Dynamic Earth (TA), Macalester College

K-12

2007-2009 

Biology Instructor, Raleigh-Egypt High School, Memphis, TN

2005-2006

Algebra and Science Tutor, Highland Park High School, St Paul, MN

Mentoring Experience

2014-15

Brianna Steinmetz, Tulane University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis: Assessing Mississippi Delta marsh stability through a paleoenvironmental analysis using foraminiferal assemblages

2013-14

Christiane Alepuz, Tulane University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Project: Carbon quantification of fluviodeltatic deposits in the Mississippi Delta

2013 

Elise Mills, Tulane University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Project: Distribution of carbon in organic-rich and clastic-rich deposits in southern Louisiana

2006-07 

Kenneth Nelson, Macalester College, Geology Department Undergraduate Research Project: Mineralogical characterization of glacial lake sediments, Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine, Glacier National Park, MT

Additional Training/Service

2016

Lead Organizer, “Congregations for the Coast” community meeting (Partners: Coalition to Restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority)

2016

Convener, “Subsidence, Accretion: Coastal Depletion?”, Geological Society of America South Central Section Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA

2014-16

Science Fair Judge, New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School

 

2014 

Participant, BanglaPIRE delta and tectonics field school, Bangladesh

2013

Participant, 1st International workshop on coastal subsidence, New Orleans, LA

2006

Undergraduate Researcher, limnology and nearshore sedimentology, Nyanza Project, Tanzania

Undergraduate Researcher, limnology and glacial motion, Glacier National Park, MT

2005

Honors/Awards

2015

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Tulane University

2014

Finalist, SSE Research Days, Tulane University

Research Assistantship, Water Institute for the Gulf

2014

PhD Support, NSF Grant EAR-1349311 (Tipping points of coastal marshes due to accelerated relative sea-level rise)

2013

2012

State of the Coast Scholarship

McWilliams Scholarship, Tulane University

2011 

2005

Beltmann Research Grant, Macalester College

Papers/Reports
Jankowski, K. L. et al. (2017) Vulnerability of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands to present-day rates of relative sea-level rise. Nat. Commun. 8, 14792 doi: 10.1038/ncomms14792

Jankowski, K.L. and Törnqvist, T.E. (2015) Surface Elevation Change, Vertical Accretion, and Shallow Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana: An analysis of Coastwide Reference Monitoring System surface and shallow processes data. The Water Institute of the Gulf Technical Report.

MacGregor, K.R., Riihimaki, C.A., Myrbo, A., Shapley, M.D., and Jankowski, K.L. (2011) Geomorphic and climatic change over the past 12,900 yr at Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Quaternary Research, 75: 80–90

Jankowski, K.L. (2009) Junior paleontologist activity book, ages 5-12. National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior.

Jankowski, K.L. (2006) Comparative analysis of organic matter and carbonate mineral distribution in shallow water surface sediments off the forested Kalande and deforested Ngelwa watersheds entering Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. Nyanza Project 2006 Annual Report.

Invited Talks/Conference Presentations
Jankowski, K.L., Törnqvist, T.E., and Fernandes, A.M. (2016) Relative Sea-Level rise and coastal wetland response on annual to millennial timescales in Louisiana, USA. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Jankowski, K.L., Törnqvist, T.E., and Fernandes, A.M. (2016) Quantifying coastal Louisiana wetland resilience to relative sea-level rise using large scale regional monitoring data. State of the Coast Conference, New Orleans, LA

Jankowski, K.L., Törnqvist, T.E., and Fernandes, A.M. (2016) Measuring coastal Louisiana wetland resilience to relative sea-level rise using large scale regional monitoring data. Geological Society of American South Central Section Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA

Jankowski, K.L., Törnqvist, T.E., and Fernandes, A.M. (2016) Quantifying Mississippi Delta wetland resilience using large-scale regional monitoring data. American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Jankowski, K.L. and Törnqvist, T.E. (2015) Surface Elevation Change, Vertical Accretion, and Shallow Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana: An analysis of Coastwide Reference Monitoring System surface and shallow processes data. The Water Institute of the Gulf (Invited Talk), Baton Rouge, LA

Jankowski, K.L. and Törnqvist, T.E. (2014) Present-day rates and patterns of shallow subsidence in coastal Louisiana. Geological Society of America Meeting, Vancouver, BC

Jankowski, K.L., Shen, Z., Rosenheim, B., Törnqvist, T.E., Alepuz, C. and Mills, E. (2014) Using the late Holocene stratigraphic record to guide Mississippi Delta restoration: 4. Rates of carbon sequestration. State of the Coast Conference, New Orleans, LA

Jankowski, K.L., Li, Y.X., Törnqvist, T.E, Kohl, B., and Kuykendall, J.I. (2012) Mississippi Delta marsh tipping points linked to a Holocene relative sea-level record: Implications for future coastal marsh sustainability. Geological Society of America Meeting, Charlotte, NC

Jankowski, K.L., Li, Y.X., Törnqvist, T.E, Kohl, B., and Kuykendall, J.I. (2012) Mississippi Delta marsh tipping points linked to a Holocene relative sea-level record: Implications for future coastal marsh sustainability. State of the Coast Conference, New Orleans, LA

MacGregor, K., Riihimaki, C., Myrbo, A., Dunn, E, and Jankowski, K.L. (2007) Geomorphic and climatic controls on Holocene sedimentation in two proglacial lakes: Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine, Glacier National Park, Montana. Geological Society of America Meeting, Denver, CO

Jankowski, K.L., MacGregor, K., Riihimaki, C., Myrbo, A., and Shapley, M. (2006) Preliminary limnogeological characterization of glacial erosion and environmental change from sediment cores, Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana. Geological Society of America Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Jones, L.C., Riihimaki, C.A., MacGregor, K.R., Jankowski, K.L., Myrbo, A., and Shapley, M. (2006) Coulometric analysis of a sediment core from Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana. Geological Society of America Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Jankowski, K.L., Harwood, C., Patel, D., Ashley, A., Bell, D., Thole, J., and Rogers, R. (2006) Sedimentology and taphonomy of the Dakota Rose Bonebend of the Cretaceous Carlile Shale near Milbank, South Dakota. Geological Society of America North Central Section Meeting, Akron, OH