Katherine H. Freeman

Katherine H. Freeman

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  • Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
Office:
235 Deike Building
Dept of Geoscience

University Park, PA 16802
Email:
(814) 863-8177

Mailing Address:
235 Deike Building
Dept of Geoscience
University Park, PA 16802

Education:

  1. B.S. Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1980
  2. M.S. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1989
  3. Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1991

Honors and Awards:

  1. 2019 Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech
  2. 2019 Richard Owen Alumni Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  3. 2017 The Alfred Treibs Award, The Geochemical Society
  4. 2013 Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  5. 2013 Elected to membership, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  6. 2013 The Wilson Award for Excellence in Research, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  7. 2012 Cozzarelli Prize, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  8. 2012 Heinz Lowenstam Science Innovation Award, European Association of Geochemistry
  9. 2011 Fellow, Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry
  10. 2011 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
  11. 2010 Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  12. 2008 Faculty Mentoring Award, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  13. 2007 Fellow, Geological Society of America
  14. 2004 The Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  15. 2002 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, the Graduate School
  16. 2001 Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Earth System Evolution Program
  17. 1999 James Lee Wilson Medal in Sedimentology, SEPM, the Society for Sedimentary Geology
  18. 1997 The Peter Schenck Award, European Association of Organic Geochemists

Information:

We study fossil biomolecules, or biomarkers, from ancient plants, algae and microbes. Our group is known particularly for developing methods to analyze stable isotope ratios of biomarkers, and for their application to past climate and biogeochemistry. Most recently, we have been investigating novel mass spectrometry methods for isotopologues which involves mapping position-specific isotope patterns within biochemicals and natural product compounds.