Geosciences Department
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Jacqueline A. Smith

Job Title
Adjunct and Research Professor of Geosciences
F.W. Olin Center 317

Areas of expertise

Environmental geoscience, geomorphology, glacial geology, paleoclimatology

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the fields of environmental geoscience, geomorphology, glacial geology, and paleoclimatology. I am currently investigating 1) microplastic pollution in New York State watersheds; 2) the timing and extent of landsliding, glaciation, and fluvial terrace development in the southern San Juan Mountains, Colorado; and 3) the long-term record of glaciation, climate change, and faulting in the Peruvian Andes.

Field Areas: New York State Watersheds, San Juan Mountains – Colorado, Peruvian Andes – Peru


Johnson, B.G., Diemer, J.A., and Smith, J.A., (2018). Disproportionate geomorphic responses to precipitation in post-glacial landslides (Wiley Award Talk): British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting, 10-12 September 2018, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.

Smith, J.A., Hodge, J.L., Kurtz, B.H., and Garver, J.I., (2018). Microplastic pollution in the main channel of the Mohawk River: final results of the 2016 sampling program, in Cockburn, J.M.H. and Garver, J.I., Proceedings of the 2018 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, 23 March 2018, v. 10, 77 p., p. 69-73

Smith, J.A., Caruso, E., and Wright, N., (2018). Microplastic pollution in tributaries of the Mohawk River, New York State (abstract): 2018 GSA Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (4-7 November 2018), Abstract No: 319620.
Stahl M. O. (2018). Groundwater Pumping is a Significant Unrecognized Contributor to Global Anthropogenic Element Cycles. Groundwater. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12817.

Johnson, B.G., Smith, J.A., and Diemer, J.A., Timing and possible causes for post-glacial landslides in the southeastern San Juan Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, USA: In revision for Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, October 2016.
Rodbell, D.T., Frey, H.M., Manon, M.R.F., Smith, J. A., McTurk, N.A. 2012. Development of unusual rock weathering features in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru: Quaternary Research, v. 77, p. 149-158.
Smith, J.A., and Rodbell, D.T., 2010, Cross-cutting moraines reveal evidence for North Atlantic influence on glaciers in the tropical Andes: Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 25, p. 243-248.
Wang, A., Garver, J.I., Wang, G., Smith, J.A., Zhang, K., 2010, Episodic exhumation of the Greater Himalayan Sequence since the Miocene constrained by fission track thermochronology in Nyalam, central Himalaya: Tectonophysics, v. 495, p. 315-323.
Rodbell, D.T., Smith, J.A., and Mark, B.G., 2009, Glaciation in the Andes during the Late Glacial and Holocene: Quaternary Science Reviews (Special issue on Holocene glaciers), v. 28, p. 2165-2212.
Hall, S.R., Farber, D.L., Ramage, J.M., Rodbell, D.T., Finkel, R.C., Smith, J.A., Mark, B.G., and Kassel, C., 2009, Geochronology of Quaternary glaciations from the tropical Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 28, p. 2991-3009.
Wang, A., Smith, J.A., Wang, G., Zhang, K., Xiang, S., and Liu. D., 2009, Late Quaternary river terrace sequences in the eastern Kunlun Range, northern Tibet: A combined record of climatic change and surface uplift; Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 34, p. 532-543.
Smith, J.A., Mark, B.G., and Rodbell, D.T., 2008, The timing and magnitude of mountain glaciation in the tropical Andes: Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 23, p. 609-634.
Rodbell, D.T., Seltzer, G.O., Mark, B.G., Smith, J.A., and Abbott, M.B., 2008, Clastic sediment flux to tropical Andean lakes: records of glaciation and soil erosion: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 27, p. 1612-1626.
Smith, J.A., Seltzer, G.O., Rodbell, D.T., and Klein, A.G., 2005, Regional synthesis of last glacial maximum snowlines in the tropical Andes, South America: Quaternary International, v. 138-139, p. 145-167.
Ramage, J.M., Smith, J.A., Rodbell, D.T., and Seltzer, G.O., 2005, Comparing reconstructed Pleistocene equilibrium line altitudes in the tropical Andes of central Perú: Journal of Quaternary Sci., v. 20, p. 777-788.
Smith, J.A., Finkel, R.C., Farber, D.L., Rodbell, D.T., and Seltzer, G.O., 2005, Moraine preservation and boulder erosion in the tropical Andes: interpreting old surface exposure ages in glaciated valleys: Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 20, p. 735-758.
Smith, J.A., Seltzer, G.O., Rodbell, D.T., Farber, D.L., and Finkel, R.C., 2005, Early local last glacial maximum in the tropical Andes: Science, v. 308, p. 678-681.
Books and Book Chapters
Zech, R., Smith, J.A., and Kaplan, M., 2009, Chronologies of the LGM and its termination in the Andes based on surface exposure dating (Chapter 3): Springer – Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research Series (DPER), Vol. 14 – Past climate variability from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene in South America and Surrounding regions, Vimeux, F., Sylvestre, F., and Khodri, M. (Editors).
Eslinger, E., Oko, U., Smith, J.A., and Holliday, G.H., 1994, Introduction to Environmental Hydrogeology, SEPM Short Course Notes No. 32: Tulsa, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 230 p.

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Academic credentials

B.A., University of Maine; M.S., University of Washington; Ph.D., Syracuse University