Dr. Julia Perdrial, Associate Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Geology at the University of Vermont
The Earth’s surface is now often termed the Critical Zone (CZ) and provides everything life on Earth needs. However, the pressures of the Anthropocene such as climate change or acid rain, weaken this zones’ capacity to support us, requiring a concerted effort to understand complex and coupled response to these pressures. With my background in geology, mineralogy, biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology, I take an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to study this zone with an emphasis on carbon and nutrient dynamics. My current projects focus on a variety of land water interactions, such as effects of drought, heavy precipitation, or acid rain on the quality of soils, streams, and ground water. For this we combine data science, field observations and experimental lab investigations in a collaborative setting.
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The lack of racial diversity in Earth science limits scientific progress by excluding creative ideas and perspectives, yet, current and aspiring Black geoscientists face barriers of inequity and exclusion.
I strive to generate an anti-racist culture in my research and teaching to foster an inclusive environment. However, as a white female immigrant from Europe I realize I have a lot to learn and am working with the following resources:
Please contact me if you have questions/suggestions about how we can work towards anti-racism in my group.