Hilairy Hartnett

Arizona State University

Hilairy Hartnett is a biogeochemist, jointly appointed in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. She is co-director of the ASU PlanetWorks Initiative and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research interests range from Astrobiology to Urban Ecology; most recently she is developing technologies for Arctic Ice Management and building capacity for transdisciplinary conversations around planetary management. As an oceanographer and organic geochemist her basic research focuses on carbon and nitrogen cycling, she applies field- and laboratory-based techniques to investigate the processes and feedbacks that promote and/or limit the transfer of elements (C, N, and P) and energy between different geological pools; including living and non-living organic matter. Her studies utilize investigations of reaction mechanisms that operate on time scales from days to millennia. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Vassar College in 1990, a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington 1998.