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Jorden Hayes

(she/her/hers)Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences (2016)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 139


Dr. Hayes is a geophysicist and critical zone scientist interested in the transformation of rock at depth into a habitable substrate for life at the surface. She works in the field and lab combining indirect geophysical measurements that image the subsurface with direct measurements of samples from outcrops and boreholes. Jorden is enthusiastic about mentoring students in science and research. Her current projects include the Bedrock Critical Zone Network, GNOMES (Geophysics of the Near-surface: an Outdoor Motivational Experience for Students), and multiple local projects including the Mt. Tabor Cemetery and the Fort Halifax Rediscovery Project.


  • B.S., Olivet Nazarene University, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2016

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

ERSC 141 Earth's Hazards
This course examines natural processes such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass wasting events, and floods that have the potential to produce disastrous consequences for humans. All of these processes result from interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere directly or indirectly, which is the realm of earth sciences. Increasing global populations and increasingly interdependent national economies mean that few disasters are now only ‘local’. This course will use examples such as case studies of recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to examine how natural processes can be hazardous, and whether or not humans can anticipate and mitigate these kinds of hazards to prevent future disasters. Laboratory work will include analog experiments, field trips, and video analysis of historic disasters. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.

ERSC 550 Independent Research