Galla Professor of Biological Sciences
Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative
University of Notre Dame
Dr. Jennifer Tank is the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). Dr. Tank is a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist who studies how nutrients and particles move through streams and rivers, with a focus on restoration and conservation efforts that improve the structure and function of flowing waters. Her research informs management and policy of freshwaters especially around water quality in agricultural landscapes. Her federally-funded research program includes grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves as an associate editor for two journals: Biogeochemistry and Limnology & Oceanography Letters. Dr. Tank is also committed to science leadership and translation, which grew out of her participation as a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Most recently, she was the 2018-19 President of the Society for Freshwater Science, is a AAAS Elected Council Delegate for Agriculture, Food & Renewable Resources Section, and recently served on a panel for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) on “Future Water Resource Needs for the Nation”. Her goal is to improve the health of streams and rivers draining croplands of the Midwest through effective watershed-scale conservation.