Bryn E. Kimball
Department of Geology
345 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Ph.D., Dec. 2009 - Geosciences/Biogeochemistry, Pennsylvania State University
B.S., June 2004 - Geosciences, U. of Oregon
I grew up in the Rocky Mountains where it was easy to fall in love with geology, especially with a geologist for a father. I got involved in field work as a teenager and have been sold on Earth science ever since.
I learned geology in the Pacific Northwest, and I am happy to be back to teach in the playground of the Columbia Region. During the 2015-2016 academic year at Whitman College, I am teaching Mineralogy (GEOL 343), Geochemistry (GEOL 460), and Introduction to Environmental Studies (ES 120). I am also the project director for a current Keck project, focusing on trace metal mobility from secondary mnerals.
In my research I aim to quantify the composition, stability, and distribution of metal-bearing phases in the environment, and to determine how microorganisms mediate the reactions amongst metals, minerals, and water. I apply this research to metal contamination issues associated with mining, as well as to understanding the role of life in cycling metals through the environment.
The routine techniques I use include XRD, SEM, IC, ICP-MS, ICP-AES, and microbial culturing, and I have specialized skills in transmission electron microscopy, multicollector ICP-MS, and synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy. I look forward to incorporating students into ongoing and future projects.