mosaic_canyonI am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ – Potsdam, Germany) where I am studying interactions between fluvial sediment transport, sediment storage, and the global carbon cycle.  I completed my PhD in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech working with Mike Lamb on diverse projects covering sediment transport and bedrock erosion in rivers and on hillslopes.

Starting in January 2019 I’ll be joining the faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno and have funding to take on PhD and Masters students. Interested students should e-mail me (jschein – at – or see the opportunities page for more information.

I’m interested in a broad range of processes that act to shape the Earth’s surface, create sedimentary archives, and influence climate over both human and geologic timescales.  My research utilizes a combination of field work, controlled physical experiments, geochemical analyses, remote sensing, and theory to address problems in geomorphology, sedimentology, carbon cycling, and beyond (see my research page for more information).  When I’m not stuck in the lab or the office, I enjoy getting outside into the local (and sometimes not so local) mountains.  To get more of a sense of how I spend my time outside of work, visit my flickr page.