Associate Professor; Director, Scripps Cosmogenic Isotope Lab
Geosciences Research Division (GRD)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
UCSD - University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. (2006) – Earth Science; Dalhousie University; Halifax; NS; Canada
M.A.(2001) – Earth Science; Boston University; Boston; MA; USA
B.Sc. (1999) – Geosciences; North Dakota State University; Fargo; ND; USA, Dalhousie University, Boston University, North Dakota State University
I am interested in the response of the landscape to external forcing by the rise of mountains, sea level, ice sheets and civilizations. My research is focused primarily on constraining rates of erosion, timing of ice sheet fluctuations and long-term climate change using geochemical techniques, field-based data and numerical models.
The role of pH, organic matter composition and mineralogy on the sorption behavior of beryllium . Boschi, V., Willenbring, J.K. (2016): Environmental Chemistry
Beryllium Desorption from Minerals and Organic Ligands Over Time. Boschi, V., Willenbring, J.K. (2016): Chemical Geology
Relict landscape resistance to dissection by upstream migrating knickpoints. Gilles Y. Brocard, Jane K. Willenbring, Thomas E. Miller, Frederik N. Scatena (2016): Journal of Geophysical Research
The null hypothesis: steady rates of erosion, weathering and sediment accumulation during Late Cenozoic mountain uplift and glaciation . Willenbring, J.K. Jerolmack, D.J. (2016): Terra Nova
Abrupt change in forest height along a tropical elevation gradient detected using airborne LiDAR. Wolf, J., Brocard, G.Y., Willenbring, J.K., Porder, S., Uriarte, M. (2016): Journal of Geophysical Research- Earth Surface
Effects of a tectonically-triggered wave of incision on riverine exports and soil mineralogy in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. Brocard G., Willenbring J.K., Scatena F.N., Johnson A.H. (2015): Applied Geochemistry
Spatial variability of African dust in soils in a montane tropical landscape in Puerto Rico. McClintock, M. A., Brocard, G., Willenbring, J., Tamayo, C., Porder, S., & Pett-Ridge, J. C (2015): Chemical Geology
Spatial variability of African dust in soils in a montane tropical landscape in Puerto Rico. McClintock, M. A., Brocard, G., Willenbring, J., Tamayo, C., Porder, S., & Pett-Ridge, J. C. (2015): Chemical Geology
Stable-isotope and solute-chemistry approaches to flow characterization in a forested tropical watershed, Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico. Scholl, M.A., Shanley, J.B., Murphy, S.F., Willenbring, J.K., Occhi, M., and González, G. (2015): Appl. Geochem.
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
Effect of rainforest development on the pace of knickpoint retreat during the growth of a tropical mountain Insights from the Luquillo CZO, Puerto Rico. Brocard, G.Y., Willenbring, J.K., and Miller T. (2015): GSA 2015
Do wormholes prevent landslides? The link between biological restructuring of soil and hillslope processes. Harrison, E. J., Willenbring, J. K., and Kovalovich, A. (2015): GSA 2015
Migration of a slow wave of erosion and its effect on nutrient availability in a tropical rainforest: detrital 10Be signature and soil mineralogy, Luquillo CZO, Puerto Rico . Brocard G., Willenbring J., Johnson A., and Scatena F.N. (2014): EGU General Assembly 2014
Long-term increase in local relief enhanced by forest competition: detrital 10Be and LiDAR topographic evidence in the tropical rainforest of Puerto Rico, Luquillo CZO. Brocard G., Willenbring J., Scatena F.N. (2014): EGU General Assembly 2014
The Threshold of Motion Filters Extreme Climatic Fluctuations in Gravel Bedded Alluvial and Bedrock Rivers Resulting in Near-Threshold and Transported-Limited Systems. Colin Phillips, Douglas Jerolmack, Jane Willenbring (2014): AGU Fall Meeting. San Fransisco, CA
Form follows function: can tropical mountain forest competition drive the growth of topography?. Gilles Brocard, Jane Willenbring, Frederick Scatena (2014): AGU Fall Meeting. San Fransisco, CA
The Tool-size Effect: old weathered soils limit the erosive power of bedrock streams. Jane Willenbring, Gilles Brocard (2014): AGU Fall Meeting. San Fransisco, CA
Long-term climatic and topographic controls on sedminent export in the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory. Willenbring, J.K., Brocard, G.Y., Scatena, F.N. (2013): GSA Annual Meeting, Denver, CO , 27-30 October, 2013
Just passing through --- high Hg deposition to Puerto Rico forest moves quickly off the landscape. Shanley, J. B, J.K. Willenbring, J. Kaste, M. Occhi, W.H. McDowell (2012): AGU Annual fall meeting
Forest Structure Effects on Topography
Rio Icacos /Rio Blanco Forest structure effects on topography
17 Jun 2020 - The U.S. CZO Program presents the 2020 CZO Webinar Series to highlight research findings of CZOs and discuss the impact and relevancy of their...
13 Jul 2017 - Researchers at NSF Critical Zone Observatory and Long-Term Ecological Research sites are finding out.
01 Jul 2016 - Using Puerto Rico's Luquillo Mountains as a case study, scientists use the region's geological history to study how knickpoints—areas...
15 Nov 2015 - Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania
04 Nov 2013 - CZO researchers presented the results of various scientific studies at the 125th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
18 Jun 2013 - Combining old-fashioned field work and the latest LiDAR images provides new insight into the evolution of the Luquillo Critical Zone. Our...
31 May 2013 - One persisting question in hydrology is how do catchments store ‘old’ water for long periods (months or even years), but then...
01 Mar 2013 - El Yunque. It could be the name of an ancient chieftain. On the island of Puerto Rico, in a sense it is. El Yunque, Spanish for "the anvil," is a...
19 Oct 2012 - El Yunque rock is a majestic, anvil shaped promontory that has been an icon of the island of Puerto Rico since pre-Columbian times. The barren...
Abstract Deadline: EGU 2016- Form and Function – Life’s Impact on Landscape
The Tool-size Effect: old weathered soils limit the erosive power of bedrock streams
Moscone West 2005.
The Geochemist's workbench Philadelphia 2014 workshop: Reactive Transport Modeling
The University of Pennsylvania: Room 360 Hayden Hall.