Benjamin R. Jordan earned his PhD in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island. His graduate worked focused on the correlation and geochemical evolution of volcanic deposits in Central America by chemically “fingerprinting” ash layers in the Caribbean Sea and terrestrial deposits in Nicaragua and Honduras. While in graduate school he also served as a scientific crew member during the G.L.I.M.P.S.E. scientific expedition to the central South Pacific, mapping and sampling deep sea volcanoes between French Polynesia and Rapi Nui (Easter Island). He is the author of three books and the first or contributing author of many peer-reviewed articles. He has served as a special contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has given numerous public presentations on geologic and oceanographic topics. He has also served (and continues to serve) as a reviewer for multiple academic journals and organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the journal Geology. His current research consists of continued work on the history and geochemistry of the Central American Volcanic Arc, documenting coastal change along the North Shore of Oahu, and using unmanned aerial systems (drones) to collect data in active volcanic environments.
“Dr. Ben,” as his students call him, earned a BSc in geology, with university honors, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. While an undergraduate he was the president of the BYU Astronomical Society and was awarded a prestigious Link Foundation Internship to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Ft. Pierce, Florida. At BYU he developed a love for the undergraduate field experience and made it a goal to share such experiences with his students. He has geologic and/or oceanographic field experience in twenty-seven U.S. states and twenty countries, including the Middle East where he was an assistant professor of geology at United Arab Emirates University.
He is currently a professor at Brigham Young University’s Hawaii campus (BYUH), where he teaches geology, geochemistry, scientific writing, and oceanography; and where he has been awarded special faculty recognition twice for his service to the university and its students.