School of
Integrative Biology
Jessica Conroy

Dept. of Geology, Natural History Building 3042
Office: 217-244-4855

Mail: 1301 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801
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Curriculum Vita

Jessica Conroy
Assistant Professor - Geology; Plant Biology


Ph.D. 2011, University of Arizona
M.S., 2006, University of Arizona
B.A., 2003, College of Wooster

Teaching Interests

Geology 100: Planet Earth
IB 484: Paleoclimatology
Geology 593: Paleolimnology
Geology 593: Paleoclimate data-model comparison

paleoclimate variability on interannual to millennial timescales, paleolimnology, stable isotope hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry


2019 NSF CAREER award
2017 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, National Academy of Sciences
2015, 2017, 2018 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent
2013 Arnold O. Beckman Award, UIUC Campus Research Board
2013 Selected participant, DISCCRS VIII (DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch)

Representative Publications

Schmitt, S.J., Conroy, J.L., Flynn, T., Sanford, R., Higley, M.C., and Fouke, B.W. 2019. Salinity, microbe, and carbonate mineral relationships in brackish to hypersaline lake sediments: a case study from the tropical Pacific coral atoll of Kiritimati. The Depositional Record, doi: 10.1002/dep2.71

Higley, M.C., and Conroy, J.L. 2019. The hydrological response of surface water on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati to recent climate variability. Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.13465

Curry, B.B., Bruegger, A.R., Conroy, J.L. 2018. High stands and overflow history of glacial Lake Chicago and downstream impacts on Gulf of Mexico d18O values, doi:10.1130/G40170.1

Higley M.C., Conroy, J.L., Schmitt, S. 2018. Last millennium hydroclimate shifts in the central tropical Pacific. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, doi: 10.1002/2017PA003233

Martin, N.J., Conroy, J.L, Noone, D., Cobb, K.M., Konecky, B., and Rea, S. 2018. Seasonal and ENSO influences on the stable isotopic composition of Galápagos precipitation. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, doi:10.1002/2017JD027380

Nash, T.A., Conroy, J.L., Grimley, D.A., Guenthner, W.R., Curry, B.B. 2018. Episodic deposition of Illinois Valley Peoria Silt in association with Lake Michigan Lobe fluctuations during the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary Research, doi:10.1017/qua.2017.66

Conroy, J.L., Noone, D., Cobb, K. M., Moerman, J.W., and Konecky, B.L. 2016. Paired stable isotopologues in precipitation and vapor: A case study of the amount effect within western tropical Pacific storms. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. doi:10.1002/2015JD023844

Conroy, J.L., Collins, A., Overpeck, J.T., Bush, M.B., Cole, J.E., and Anderson, D.J. 2015. A 400-year isotopic record of seabird response to eastern tropical Pacific productivity. Geo: Geography and Environment. doi:10.1002/geo2.11.

Restrepo, A., Colinvaux, P., Bush, M., Correa-Metrio A., Conroy, J., Gardner, M.R., Jaramillo, P., Steinitz-Kannan, M., and Overpeck, J.T. 2012. Impacts of climate variability and human colonization on the vegetation of the Galápagos Islands. Ecology. 93(8):1853-1866.

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