Elizabeth M Herndon

Senior Staff Scientist

Elizabeth Herndon is a Staff Scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Herndon is an environmental geochemist broadly interested in understanding metal biogeochemistry and how metal cycling influences carbon and nutrient dynamics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Her research incorporates various geochemical and spectroscopic techniques to understand how geochemical processes at the pore-scale influence ecosystem function at the watershed-scale. Her work has implications for understanding nutrient and carbon fluxes across multiple biomes. Dr. Herndon completed her B.A. degree with a double major in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Biochemistry at Washington University in Saint Louis prior to receiving her PhD. in Geosciences with a dual-title in Biogeochemistry at The Pennsylvania State University. She was an ORNL postdoc with the NGEE-Arctic project through which she investigated iron and organic matter in arctic tundra. Before starting as a Staff Scientist at ORNL in 2019, Dr. Herndon was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Kent State University where she was received an NSF CAREER award to study biogeochemical interactions between manganese and carbon in terrestrial ecosystems.