Hope Jahren

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  • Award-Winning Scientist
  • Bestselling Author of The Story of More and Lab Girl


Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist and best-selling author who helps us see that science is personal.  She shares her insights from her study of climate change and plants with humor and emotion, helping us see our interconnectedness and interdependence with the world around us.  Her best selling books The Story of More and Lab Girl are favorites of curious readers, and audiences consistently give her speeches rave reviews, such as this ovation from Howard Hughes Medical Institue: "Hope’s entire visit was a HOME RUN for us. She is a wonderfully engaging personality and it was truly a pleasure to have her on our campus. She set a high bar for future presenters."

Jahren has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

 

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Rave Reviews About Hope Jahren
The presentation was flawless. Hope engaged the audience with stories that highlighted the life of plants in a way that also provided insight into some of the joys and challenges of a research scientist. She was masterful in explaining the value of data, libraries, and librarians in her work. If we issued grades, Hope's would be an A+.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Hope Jahren
  • The Merwin Conservancy
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Omaha Public Library Foundation
  • Medical Library Association
TV Interview- The secret life of plants | PBS News Hour [6:19] - Get Sharable Link
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The Story of More

In this talk, Jahren touches on many of the tenets of her book, The Story of More. She illuminates the link between habit, inventions and our imperiled planet. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can ...

In this talk, Jahren touches on many of the tenets of her book, The Story of More. She illuminates the link between habit, inventions and our imperiled planet. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. Part science, part personal narrative, Jahren's talk gives audiences the facts and feelings to understand where we go from here.

Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between

Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. Hear about the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, and def ...

Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. Hear about the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, and defend themselves. Learn how plants are much more than food, medicine, and wood — they form the living, striving foundation of Planet Earth.

Twenty Things That Everyone Should Know About Global Change

Planet Earth and its inhabitants have experienced a dizzying amount of change during the last three decades. Since 1980, the global population has doubled, grain production has doubled, sugar production has doubled, meat and fish production has tripled, automobile production has doubled, and oil con ...

Planet Earth and its inhabitants have experienced a dizzying amount of change during the last three decades. Since 1980, the global population has doubled, grain production has doubled, sugar production has doubled, meat and fish production has tripled, automobile production has doubled, and oil consumption has increased by 30 percent. Research teams at universities around the world are actively studying how these changes have already, and may further, affect human populations as well as natural ecosystems. As environmental scientists, we strive to become expertly familiar with our personal corner of global change — but perhaps there is something to learn from stepping back and examining the bigger picture. This lecture will present the 20 most dramatic ways in which our planet had changed since Jahren's childhood (and perhaps when you were a kid, too!) — the numbers may surprise you.

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Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.