Jasquelin Peña


Associate Professor (2015-present)

Assistant Professor (2011-2015)

Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics
Faculty of Geosciences and Environment

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University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. (2009), M.Sc. (2004)

Yale University, B.Sc. (2001)


Jasquelin Peña is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Geoscience and Environment at the University of Lausanne. Her mission is to apply molecular-scale science, environmental mineralogy and biogeochemistry to investigate interfacial processes and metal-microbe-mineral interactions that are critical to the functioning of Earth and Environmental Systems (e.g., elemental cycles, composition of natural waters, soil chemistry, and the release and uptake of toxicant elements into surface environments). Molecular-scale investigations of chemical reactions occurring at water-particle interfaces allow her to provide science-based solutions to environmental and technological challenges, including contamination of surface and ground water resources, food provision and global climate change.

Jasquelin obtained her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. She worked in the Earth Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2001 to 2003 (US DOE, BES, Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Program) and 2009 to 2011 (US DOE, BES, Fundamental Geochemistry Program). She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. She grew up in Haverstraw, a suburban community 35 miles north of New York City, and Canca la Piedra, an agricultural town in El Cibao, the Dominican Republic.