Jacob Waldbauer

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College

Jacob Waldbauer’s research interests include the roles of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, the production and consumption of organic matter in natural ecosystems and its preservation over geologic timescales, and the coevolution of life and environments over earth’s history. To address these questions, he employs a combination of laboratory experiments, field observations in natural environments, interrogation of paleorecords in geologic archives, and biogeochemical models.

He is co-author of a number of publications, including “Microaerobic Steroid Biosynthesis and the Molecular Fossil Record of Archean Life,” which received the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences; “Transcriptome and Proteome Dynamics of a Light-Dark Synchronized Bacterial Cell Cycle”; and “Late Archean Molecular Fossils from the Transvaal Supergroup Record the Antiquity of Microbial Diversity and Aerobiosis.”

He earned a PhD in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a BA in physics and astronomy from Dartmouth College.

Waldbauer joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.