Dr. Jennifer R. Smith is Vice Provost for Educational Initiatives and Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer is interested in understanding the interaction between humans and their environment as recorded in the archeological 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 Jennifer’s work uses tools from sedimentology, geomorphology, and geochemistry to reconstruct the landscapes and environments occupied by prehistoric people. Jennifer received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer served on SESYNC’s Scientific Review Committee.