Dr. Fehrenbacher is new faculty member at Oregon State University in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. After earning a BS degree in Geology at Northern Illinois University, she spent several years working as a Scientific Assistant at Argonne National Laboratory. She left science briefly and worked as an Internet Consultant (eCommerce) after teaching herself how to program and design websites. She returned to graduate school after the dot-com field collapsed. Dr. Fehrenbacher conducted research using fossil specimens of planktic foraminifera ('forams') during graduate school at the University of Chicago where she earned both an MS and PhD. During graduate school she became interested in culturing living forams in the lab and continuing to use the geochemistry of marine calcifiers as proxies for environmental change. Dr. Fehrenbacher's post-doctoral research was conducted at the University of California, Davis, where she spent 4 field seasons on Catalina Island culturing living foraminifera. Culture work was also conducted on cold water species at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Dr. Fehrenbacher's research interests include present and past climate change, biomineralization processes, and paleo-proxy development.
Email: fehrenje at coas.oregonstate dot edu Connect on twitter: @DeepSeaDrifter