Dr. Jorns is the Program Manager for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA). In her role, she provides day-to-day leadership and administration of GLISA operations to ensure the goals of the 2015-2020 program are being achieved. Dr. Jorns supervises staff and students and coordinates faculty research at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. She also serves as the primary point of contact for the program and represents GLISA at local, regional, and national meetings and events.
Prior to joining GLISA and the University of Michigan in January 2017, Dr. Jorns worked as a Policy Associate with The Climate Registry in Los Angeles to maintain existing and develop new greenhouse gas accounting policies. She previously worked to improve energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives in Los Angeles with Global Green USA. She has a PhD in Geosciences from Princeton University, where she studied the respone of marine phytoplankton to increasing carbon dioxide concentrations. She also received a science, technology, and environmental policy certificate from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.