Date: August 1, 2022
Contact: Jenna Jorns
Dr. Jenna Jorns appointed new co-Director of GLISA
Effective July 1, 2022, Dr. Jenna Jorns is now serving as GLISA’s Co-Director at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Dr. Jorns has been GLISA’s Program Manager since 2017 and her promotion comes after five years of outstanding performance overall and her critical role in helping the GLISA team win five more years of funding through 2026.
Dr. Jorns has a PhD in Geosciences from Princeton University and a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Before coming to the University of Michigan she worked in the non-profit sector in California focusing on climate mitigation and greenhouse gas accounting. Since joining GLISA in 2017, she was a co-author of the Midwest chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment and serves as Co-Principal Investigator on two ongoing GLISA research projects focused on stormwater management and remote engagement in the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico. She also participated in GLISA’s internal evaluation of its small grants program (Jorns et al. 2021), facilitated the 2021 Great Lakes Climate Modeling Workshop (Briley and Jorns 2021), and contributed to breakthrough research on lake-atmosphere interactions in climate modeling (Notaro et al. 2022). In 2021, she was also instrumental in coordinating GLISA’s Phase III proposal to win five more years of core RISA funding through 2026.
In her new position, Dr. Jorns will take on daily administrative and long-term strategic leadership of GLISA, working with Co-Director Dr. Jeff Andresen at Michigan State University to make key decisions and represent GLISA to sponsors, partners, the media, and elected officials. She will also recruit new faculty, convene GLISA’s advisory boards, lead interdisciplinary research proposals and projects, publish results in scholarly journals, and represent GLISA on the RISA Executive Committee.
GLISA thanks Dr. Maria Carmen Lemos for serving as Co-Director at the University of Michigan since 2016. She will stay on as lead GLISA Principal Investigator, overseeing GLISA’s social science research portfolio.