Faculty Bio

Jill Schneiderman

Professor of Earth Science

Jill Schneiderman earned her PhD studying metamorphic rocks in the New England Appalachians. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian examining heavy minerals in the Nile and its delta, she focused her geological research on sediment provenance studies. Her geological field work has taken her from the Appalachian mountains to the Yangtze delta and many locations in between. Currently, using feminist approaches to critical science studies, she is engaged in debates about the proposed designation of a new geological epoch to be called the "Anthropocene." 

Schneiderman has long been intellectually active at the intersection of science and social justice. For example, in 1997, she received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop and teach a first-in-the-nation interdisciplinary course on earth science and environmental justice. As a Congressional Science Fellow for the Geological Society of America in the U.S. Senate during the 104th Congress  she advised the Senate minority leader on science and environmental issues. In 2003, Jill was a Fulbright fellow at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago where she pursued research on women and water resources on the island. In 2009 she was a Fellow of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education developing curriculum on geologic time and contemplative practice. In addition to publishing numerous peer-reviewed papers in natural science and the humanities, she is the editor or co-editor of four books: The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet  (2003); Exploring Environmental Science with GIS (2005); For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design (2009); and Liberation Science: Putting Science to Work for Social and Environmental Justice (2012) and blogs regularly on the topic of science and spirit.

Selected Publications (for complete list contact professor directly)

Schneiderman, J.S., "Ground Truth: Investigations of Earth Simultaneously Spiritual and Scientific." In Re-Envisioning Higher Education: Embodied Pathways to Wisdom and Social Transformation. J. Lin, R.L. Oxford, and E.J. Brantmeier, eds. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing (2013) 249-264.

Schneiderman, J.S. “Journeys, Contemplation, and Home: Reflections on John Burroughs in the Caribbean.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 19.1 (2012): 1-14.

Schneiderman, J.S. “Awake in the Anthropocene.” Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal 13.1 (2012): 83-97.

Schneiderman, J.S. “Rhoda Rappaport, Historian of Geology, 1935-2009.” (Eloge) Earth Sciences History 29.1 (2010): 171-173.

Menking, K.M., Schneiderman, J.S., Nester, P.L., *Bedient, K.D., *Collins, B.C. and *Feingold, B. "Lithology and Stratigraphy of Core LP2A from the Hyde
Park Mastodon Site, Southeastern New York. In Mastodon Paleobiology, Taphonomy, and Paleoenvironment in the Late Pleistocene of New York
State: Studies on the Hyde Park, Chemung, and Java Sites. W. D. Allmon, and P.L. Nester, eds., Palaeontographica Americana, no. 61 (2008): 143-150.

Schneiderman, J.S. and Chen, Z. “Interpretation of Quaternary Tectonic and Environmental Change using Heavy Minerals of the Yangtze Delta Plain.” in M. Mange and D. Wright, eds. Heavy Minerals in Use. Developments in Sedimentology, 58 (2007): 607-620.

Chen, Z., Wang, Z., Schneiderman, J., Tao, J., and Cai, Y.L., 2005. "Holocene climate fluctuations in the Yangtze delta of eastern China: the Neolithic response." The Holocene, 15(6), 917-926.