Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University. Bjornerud's research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain building, and she combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics.
She has done research in high arctic Norway (Svalbard) and Canada (Ellesmere Island), as well as mainland Norway, Scotland, New Zealand, and the Lake Superior region. She received a BS in geophysics from the University of Minnesota and MS and PhD degrees in structural geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to teaching at Lawrence, Bjornerud held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University and a faculty position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Bjornerud is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway and University of Otago, New Zealand. She is the author of Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth and Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World as well as a contributing writer to The New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANS & NATURE:
Timefulness: A Geologist's Story—Interview with Marcia Bjornerud
From Minding Nature’s Spring 2019, Volume 12, Number 2 issue.