Jean Lynch-Stieglitz Named School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Chair

May 13, 2024

The College of Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Lynch-Stieglitz as chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, effective September 2024.

Lynch-Stieglitz is currently a professor in the School, and her research focuses on the behavior of the Earth’s oceans and climate over the last 100,000 years. 

“I am delighted to serve as chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,” says Lynch-Stieglitz. “I look forward to contributing to our School’s continued development and its atmosphere of inclusivity, innovation and excellence.”

“Jean’s clear vision and strong commitment to the School were apparent throughout the selection process,” says Susan Lozier, dean of the College of Sciences and Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair. “She is an exceptional scholar and instructor, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead to continue elevating the School's teaching and research missions.”

“I thank the search committee for their time and efforts,” adds Lozier. “I also want to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Greg Huey for leading the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences since 2014. Greg has done a tremendous job steering the School as chair, and I have appreciated his commitment throughout his service.” 

Meet Jean Lynch-Stieglitz

Lynch-Stieglitz joined Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences as an associate professor in 2004. She served as the Schools’ associate chair from 2015-22 and as an ADVANCE Professor for the College of Sciences from 2022-23. She is currently serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the Department of State.

Her research centers on changes in ocean circulation and climate since the height of the last ice age. Work in this area has helped in understanding the full range of behavior possible for the ocean/climate system, and which parts of this system may be vulnerable to change in the future. Her research combines geochemical methods for gathering data on the state of the past ocean with the analytical tools and approaches of modern oceanography. 

Lynch-Stieglitz currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science Magazine and was editor of Earth and Planetary Science Letters from 2012-2015. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2015 and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 2019 in recognition of her work on ocean circulation changes over the transition out of the last ice age. She was also named Cesare Emiliani Lecturer by AGU in 2018, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of paleoceanography. 

She received a Bachelor of Science in Geology and in Physics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Columbia University. She was a faculty member at Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory from 1996-03. 

Learn more about Jean Lynch-Stieglitz.

About Georgia Tech 

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