I'm an Assistant Professor of Tracer Oceanography at Oregon State University in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. After earning a BS degree in Geology at Northern Illinois University I spent several years working as a Scientific Assistant at Argonne National Laboratory. I left science for a few year and worked as an Internet Consultant (eCommerce) after teaching myself how to program and design websites. I returned to graduate school after the dot-com field collapsed. I earned both an MS and PhD at the University of Chicago. During graduate school at the U. of Chicago I conducted research using fossil specimens of planktic foraminifera ('forams') where I also became interested in culturing living forams in the lab. I began a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Davis shortly after graduating from the U of Chicago and eventually transitioned to a Project Scientist. During my time at the U of California, Davis I spent 4 field seasons on Catalina Island culturing living foraminifera. Culture work was also conducted on cold water species at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. I also was responsible for running the laser ablation system and developing the laser ablation protocols for our lab group and collaborators. My primary 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