Jersild CV - Updated 3/2022

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (2016 - present)

PhD Candidate, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA (2014-2016)

Masters of Science, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (2009-2013)

Bachelors of Science, Major: Applied Mathematics (Statistics Concentration), Minor: Environmental Science

Honors & Awards

Executive Vice President for Research Award, CRIDC poster presentation, Georgia Tech, 2020

Ecological Forecasting Outstanding Publication Award, Ecological Sociaty of America, 2018

Second Place oral presentation in Graduate Student Symposium, Georgia Tech, 2018

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015-2016

Second Place poster presentation in Graduate Research Symposium, Virginia Tech, 2015


Jersild, A.L., Delawalla, S., and Ito, T. Mesoscale eddies regulate seasonal iron supply and carbon drawdown in the Drake Passage. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL096020, 2021.

Jersild, A.L. and Ito, T. Physical and biological controls of the Drake Passage pCO2 variability. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24, e2020GB006644, 2020.

Thomas, R.Q., Jersild, A.L., Brooks, E.B., Thomas, V.A., Wynne, R. A mid-century ecological forecast with partitioned uncertainty predicts increases in loblolly pine forest productivity. Ecological Applications, 28(6), 1503-1519, 2018.

Thomas, R.Q., Brooks, E.B., Jersild, A.L., et al. Leveraging 35 years of Pinus Taeda research in the southeastern US to constrain forest carbon cycle predictions: regional data assimilation using ecosystem experiments. Biogeociences, 14, 3525-3547, 2017.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Georgia Tech (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2021, Spring 2022)

Primary lab instructor for Habitable Planet (2021), Introduction to Environmental Science (2017, 2018, 2022)

Summer Camp Instructor, P.E.A.K.S. Georgia Tech (Summer 2019)

Into The Storm weather camp instructor; developed and led activities and lectures for high school student attendees

Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech (August 2014-Spring 2015)

Spring 2015 Dendrology; led weekly nature hikes and taught tree identification in the field. Fall 2014 Nature and

American Values; led class discussions and developed and organized student final project.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Precalculus, William & Mary (Fall 2011)

Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow Intern, Elizabeth River Project (Summer 2011)

Taught environmental science on Learning Barge, developed curriculum for new environmental education programs.

Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow Intern, NASA Langley Research Center (Summer 2010)

Edited & designed lesson plans with MY NASA DATA, worked with S’COOL program with Dr. Lin Chambers

Research & Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistantship, Georgia Tech (June 2018-present)

Modeling ocean circulation and biogeochemical dynamics in the Southern Ocean. Work with Dr. Taka Ito.

Graduate Research Assistantship, Georgia Tech (August 2016-May 2018)

Modeling hydrological impacts following large tropical volcanic eruptions. Work with Dr. Kim Cobb.

Graduate Research Assistantship, Virginia Tech (August 2014–May 2016)

Data assimilation of ecosystem model to improve predictions on terrestrial ecosystem carbon fluxes and analyze

ecosystem response to climate change. Work with Dr. Quinn Thomas.

Quality Assurance Analyst, Computer Enterprises, Inc (March 2014-August 2014)

FSBPT contractor. Developed test plans, performed data analysis, wrote and executed scripts.

Quality Control Engineer, Pyramid Systems, Inc (June 2013-March 2014)

FDIC contractor. Data analysis, debugging, writing & executing scripts. Used SQL and AGILE Scrum method.

Web Design, College of William & Mary (November 2010-May 2013)

Redesign and edit the websites for TCT, Noyce Scholars, and VISTA education programs. Assisted in logo design.

Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species Intern, Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of Interior (Fall 2012)

Statistical risk analysis, Bayesian networking, and invasive species research.

REU Applied Math Research Program, George Mason University (Summer 2012)

Experimental research, education, and training in computational mathematics and nonlinear dynamics. Developed a

computational algorithm for estimating conductivities using MATLAB.

Research Intern at Duffy Biodiversity Lab, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (January-July 2012)

Analyzed marine species in seagrass samples, studied biodiversity of seagrass beds in the Chesapeake Bay. Exposed

to experimental research and methods for statistical design working with Dr. Emmett Duffy.

LARSS Internship, NASA Langley Research Center (Fall 2010)

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars program working with Dr. Margaret Pippin, using data to analyze

boundary layer heights and ozone levels using IGOR and MATLAB.

Leadership Positions, Outreach, & Extracurricular

Volunteer Judge, Fulton County Science Fair (2019, 2021)

Graduate Students of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (Webmaster, 2017 - present; Professional Development Chair, 2018-2020)

Atlanta Humane Society volunteer (2019-present)

500 Women Scientists member (2018-present)

Rotating Tank Science Demos at New Manchester Elementary School volunteer, 2018

Forestry Graduate Student Association (President, 2015-2016)

FREC Department Seminar Series Lead Coordinator (2015-2016)

Fairfax Climate Watch (Secretary, 2014)

W&M Guitar Ensemble (2010-2013)

Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity

Gamma Phi Beta sorority (Sisterhood Chair, 2012)


"Mesoscale Eddies regulate seasonal iron supply and carbon drawdown in the Drake Passage", Ocean Sciences Meeting, oral presentation, March 2022.

"Influence of Mesoscale Eddies on Seasonal Iron Supply and Carbon Drawdown in the Drake Passage", Graduate Student Symposium, Georgia Tech, April, 2021.

“Drake Passage pCO2 Variability,” invited talk for SOCCOM Modeling Telecom, October, 2020.

“Physical and Biological Controls of Drake Passage pCO2 Variability,” Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, poster, February 2020.'

“Drake Passage pCO2 variability controlled by baroclinic eddies and stratification,” Career, Research, & Innovation Development Conference, Georgia Tech, poster, January 2020.

“Modeling ocean circulation and biogeochemical dynamics in the Drake Passage,” Graduate Student Symposium, Georgia Tech, oral presentation, November 2018.

“Forecasting mid-century forest productivity by assimilating regional observations from plot networks and ecosystem experiments into a process-based model,” American Geophysical Union, poster by Quinn Thomas, December 2018

“Relative role of parameter vs. climate uncertainty for predictions of future Southeastern U.S. pine carbon cycling,” American Geophysical Union, oral presentation, December 2015

“Predicting carbon cycling in southern pine ecosystems: fusing an ecosystem model with diverse data sources,” FREC Graduate Research Symposium, Virginia Tech, poster, April 2015.

“Predicting carbon cycling in southern pine ecosystems: fusing an ecosystem model with diverse data sources,” GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium, Virginia Tech, poster presentation, April 2015.

“Computational algorithm for estimating conductivities,” Joint Mathematics Meeting, MAA and AMS. Poster and Oral presentations, January 2013.


Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO Summer School) (2019)

Graduate and post-graduate student summer school for ocean state and parameter estimation and applications to ocean science.

Technical Skills & Training

Programming Languages: MATLAB, R/Rstudio, LaTex, some experience with Fortran, Python, C++

Computers and Tech: Experience with Matlab, R, SQL, LaTex, CASCADE, GIS, Microsoft Office. Proficiency in photo and video editing, familiar with all forms of social media.