Jesse Bloom Bateman, Ph.D.
Diversity Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor
Jesse grew up in rural New York. Years spent scrambling over rocks and rooting through leaves looking for salamanders fostered a deep love for the natural world and a curiosity about the processes that shape it. For college, they traveled to the rocky coasts of New England to pursue a degree in Geology–Biology at Brown University. At Brown, they worked in a terrestrial biogeochemistry lab exploring plant–soil interactions, focusing particularly on seedling uptake of the plant-important nutrient phosphorus.
In their doctoral work at Stanford University, they investigated climatic controls on soil development and nutrient cycling in ecosystems. As a postdoc, they worked in a lab that specializes in applying isotopic methods to understanding paleoclimates. Jesse uses their background in terrestrial ecosystems to investigate climatic controls on biological communities. For this work, they use a combination of isotopic climate proxies, paleopollen records, and geomorphological studies.
Currently, Jesse is a Diversity Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor at SUNY Cortland in Central New York. They continue to collaborate with researchers at Stanford and UCLA expanding on their previous work and supporting undergraduate students’ exploration of the scientific process.
In addition to their scientific pursuits, Jesse volunteers with CDLS focusing on scientific outreach in the broader Los Angeles community and to the Central New York community.