Joel D. Blum

joel blum
John D MacArthur Professor Arthur F Thurnau Professor Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
(734) 615-3242
  • Ph.D. Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1990

Professor Blum is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, a new journal publishing original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems, interactions between human and natural systems, and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene will report on fundamental advancements in research organized initially into six knowledge domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society. Elementa is published on an open-access, public-good basis—available freely and immediately to the world. Website

Research Interests: 
Professor Blum's research group focuses on studies of geochemical controls on the structure and function of ecosystems, and on the application of trace element and isotope geochemistry across the Earth and Environmental Sciences. They utilize state-of-the art methods of chemical analysis and stable and radiogenic isotope measurement to address a wide variety of research problems from forest biogeochemistry and hydrogeochemistry to studies of fisheries and marine chemistry. Some student projects are fieldwork oriented and utilize relatively simple laboratory methods, whereas other projects involve the development of new laboratory procedures and methodologies.