Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Jennifer Bentz

PhD. Geological Sciences

Office: Miller 302
Thesis Topic : Clay minerals and evaporates as geochemical indicators of climate and habitability on Mars.
Supervisor: Dr. Peterson

Research Interests

Clay mineralogy, evaporate mineralogy, planetary science, analogue research, sedimentology and stratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, soil science, ecological remediation, heavy metal tolerance in plants.

Brief Biography

M.Sc. Soil Science from University of Saskatchewan in 2013 with Dr. Richard Farrell entitled “Plant Growth, Metal Uptake, and Soil Interactions of the Heavy Metal Hyperaccumulator Pelargoniumsp. ‘Frensham’ and the Heavy Metal Excluders Silene vulgarisandAgrostis capillaris grown in smelter impacted soils.”

B.Sc. Agriculture in 2010 at University of Saskatchewan: Majored in Environmental Science; Minored in Soil Science. Completed and undergraduate thesis with Dr. Richard Farrell entitled “Landscape-Scale Distribution of Heavy Metals in Flin Flon, MB/ Creighton, SK.”

2012: Astrobiology Research Assistant; Canadian Space Agency: Dr. Richard Leveille.

2009: Undergraduate Research Assistant; University of Saskatchewan, Department of Soil Science: Dr. Richard Farrell

2006-2009: Research Assistant; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Crop Breeding and Diversification: Don Rode, Todd Olsen, and Joanne Relf-Eckstein.


Bentz, J.L*., R. Farrell, and A. Mycock. 2010. Landscape scale distribution of heavy metals in Flin Flon, MB/Creighton, SK. Poster. Soil Science Society of America and Canadian Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting. 2nd Place.

Leveille, R.J*. and J. Bentz. 2012. Clay minerals and geochemical indicators of past environments on Earth and Mars. Oral Presentation. Goldschmidt Conference. International.

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