Jennifer R. Smith

Jennifer R. Smith

Vice Provost for Educational Initiatives
Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science​s
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
research interests:
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1117
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Jennifer R. Smith assumed the role of Vice Provost for Educational Initiatives in July 2021. 

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In her own research, Smith is interested in understanding the interaction between humans and their environment as recorded in the archaeological record. This involves examining both how natural climatic and environmental changes affected the resources available to people through time, and also how changes in population and technology have affected the amount and nature of human impact on the natural environment. Most of her work uses tools from sedimentology, geomorphology and geochemistry to reconstruct the landscapes and environments occupied by prehistoric people.