jordan allen

Jordan Allen

Graduate Student

UMASS Amherst

Pronouns: He/him/his

Jordan’s academic journey started at Savannah State University, where he developed a strong work ethic and a passion for research. He began building his research skills during his first internship at the Medical University of South Carolina summer undergraduate research program, where he studied fecal indicator bacteria to assess the presence of disease-causing viral contamination in recreational waters. This experience provided his first exciting immersion into the world of research. He strived to develop his knowledge and ability to conduct research every summer throughout college, including positions at NASA, Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) at UNAVCO, and the Marine Biological Laboratory via the Partnership Education Program (PEP).

As an undergraduate student at a historically Black institution, his experience nurtured his commitment to public service projects and leadership in his community. He helped create the Environmental Science Club at (SSU), organized programs for the student body such as “Clean the Streams” and “Campus Clean Up.” He worked to educate students on environmental stewardship and community issues to raise student awareness of hunger prevention, food insecurity, environmental justice, and voter suppression. This work allowed him to see the intersection of race, class, gender, and other systemic issues that work in concert to prevent many from pursuing higher education. Such insights motivated him to volunteer at tutoring programs as an Oasis mentor in the Larimer County, Colorado, DHS Children, Youth & Family Division for high-risk youth throughout his master’s degree at Colorado State University, where he earned a M.S. in Ecology.

He aspires to become a scientist and an expert on the mechanistic understanding of the global nitrogen budget and predicting greenhouse gas fluxes from bedrock and their response to environmental change. He currently a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is working under the guidance of Matthew Winnick in the Geosciences department. His research examines the controls on the production of N2O and N2 gas in subsurface shale environments.

Jordan will continue working towards the greatest educational achievement in his life by earning a PhD in Geoscience, a post-doctoral position, and a career as a scientist, one who can make a difference in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He hopes to become a faculty member at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or Minority Serving Institution (MSI), that serves a diverse student body. He is interested in not only continuing to conduct research to improve our understanding of climate change, but he hopes to engage students from a diverse set of backgrounds in Geoscience. Education is our passport to the future. However, access, retention, and success remain a challenge for underserved groups in academia. This career path will allow him to contribute to the larger goal of dismantling scientific racism—which persists at all levels of the academy in part because of a deficit in Black representation as students, faculty, staff, administrators, and participants.