California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences


Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Jackson

Professor, Seismological Laboratory

William E. Leonhard Professor of Mineral Physics
PhD, 2005, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 354
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6780/6729
Fax: (626) 564-0715


Jennifer Jackson's research focuses on materials in the deep Earth and planetary interiors. Her research incorporates the role of minerals in shaping the diverse processes inside Earth, from the deepest parts of the metallic core to volcanic systems near the surface. She develops and applies unique experiments to materials under extreme conditions using diamond-anvil pressure vessels, infrared lasers, and synchrotron-based x-ray scattering techniques. She fosters interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues at Caltech, JPL and the greater scientific community, while expanding her research purview beyond Earth. Recently, she is developing unconventional geophysical techniques that involve infrasound detection of seismicity from aerial-platforms (balloons) to study the interiors of other planetary bodies, such as Venus.