Dr. Jesse Zondervan

Earth Scientist

Geology & Geomorphology

Geospatial Analysis, Surface Processes, Transdisciplinary Science, Emerging Tech, Exponential Organisations

Wilbe BSF Fellow & Founder in Residence 

Research Associate - University College London

My work focuses on understanding physical, chemical and biological processes on the Earth's surface. The Earth's surface is the interface of multiple Earth systems: the lithosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the hydrosphere. I'm interested in how these spheres interact to shape the environment in which we live. 

Whilst my training is originally in geology and surface processes, I have experience working across subdisciplines of the Earth sciences and other disciplines such as archaeology.

I approach questions using an integrated approach to fieldwork and digital analysis, including remote sensing, geospatial analysis, machine learning and high-performance computing. 

Now I'm working on an ambitious project to transform desolate wastelands into thriving habitats for people and ecosystems. Are you a technologist, scientist, operator, policy expert, land owner, NGO, institute, or otherwise interested? Let's chat.


I just finished working on the ROC-CO₂ project at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research associate, and have taken up another Royal Society funded project at UCL.

I'm involved in science communication and I am the Content Editor for Geology for Global Development (GfGD)


Impakter - a Series on Geoscience in a Context of Globalisation and Emerging Technology

In a series of four articles about science, millennial scientist Jesse Zondervan delves into the future of geoscience applications in relation to the rise of globalisation.

Geoscience as a tool in the twenty-first century

Dealing with risk – Are we ready to deal with high-impact, complex and uncertain science?

Millennial Scientists in a Segregating World — The Role of Science in Shaping Society