Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University. Bjornerud¹s research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain building, and she combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics. She has done research in high arctic Norway (Svalbard) and Canada (Ellesmere Island), as well as mainland Norway, Scotland, New Zealand, and the Lake Superior region.
She received a BS in geophysics from the University of Minnesota and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to teaching at Lawrence, Bjornerud held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University and a faculty position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Bjornerud is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway and University of Otago, New Zealand. She is the author of a previous book for popular audiences, Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth, and a contributing writer for the New Yorker¹s science and technology blog, ‘Elements’.