Geologist and author, Dr. Tamie J. Jovanelly received her PhD from Kent State University, her MS from University of Nebraska, and her BS from University of Michigan. Best known by her students for her charismatic personality and enthusiasm for all things geologic, Dr. Jovanelly loves being in the classroom or using the “world’s largest campus” at Berry College for outdoor learning experiences.
Her first venture to Iceland was in 2006 when Iceland was still off the radar of most tourists. With the keys to a Toyota Yaris and a series of paper road maps, her and her older brother circled the island in 11 days. Although they were perpetually lost, they had found a pristine landscape with amazing views, incredible geology, and no road signs. She was hooked. Over the course of the next decade she would visit nearly every summer, bringing with her lucky undergraduate students who could keep up with the hiking, as well as her desire to explore everything about the island--including the sampling of the beloved rotten shark cuisine. With the later advancement of GPS technology, and a newly acquired husband who has an amazing(!) sense of direction, Jovanelly has been able to traverse even the most remote parts of the country.
The country of Iceland has provided a backdrop for Dr. Jovanelly’s other internationally focused research interests. Classically trained as a hydrologist, she has completed water quality assessments on five continents to make comparisons between countries and their relationships to local watersheds. Most recently, in 2017 she was awarded a two-year appointment as a US Fulbright Research Scholar with the Nacional Universidad in San Jose, Costa Rica. The project titled: The establishment of pioneering watershed health data at four national parks in Costa Rica through field and laboratory assessments of water quality and landscape indicators. This came after she completed her first Fulbright Research assignment (2013-2014) with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda where she studied forest hydrology; a project that was funded by a National Geographic Society Conservation Trust Grant .
She has published relating journal articles in the Journal of Public Health in Developing Countries (2016), Journal of Water and Health: World Health Organization Press (2014), Journal of Cave and Karst (2014), and the Journal of Geoscience Education (2014). Additionally, she received funding through a Rufford Foundation Conservation Trust Grant (2015) that supported a collaborative research project with the Kenyan Wildlife Service. Dr. Jovanelly also currently serves as a US Fulbright Specialist (2017-2020) whereby allowing her to consult on world-wide water conservation, allocation, and quality issues.
Iceland: Tectonics, Volcanics, and Glacial Features is Dr. Jovanelly’s first book. Motivated by her mantra “Winners Do More”©, a slogan that has become popular with her students, and may best describe her ambition and zest for living each day to its maximum potential.
Iceland can be circled entirely in 11-days and has become a literal “hot-spot” for tourism because few places in the world provide the opportunity to see classic examples of plate tectonics, volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal energy, and hydroelectricity in one pristine (and unassuming) environment. Iceland: Tectonics, Volcanics, and Glacial Features (Wiley, in press) provides readers with a high quality resource that uses peer-reviewed scientific literature to explain geological phenomenon important to the landscape. Additionally, this text makes trip organization easier by providing foundational material that is tied to specific field locations in one manuscript.
1. She has completed more than 500-hours of yoga teacher training. The 300-hour training was completed at a yoga “boot camp” in Rishikesh, India.
2. Her husband was the result of an extra credit opportunity extended to a GEO 101 class.
3. Her dad gave her a pet-rock when she was 9. She still has it and apparently it’s doing well.
4. She has completed water quality assessments on 5 continents with the goal of making comparisons between infrastructure and community connection to watersheds.
5. She has received three U.S. Fulbright positions.
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