Preston Kemeny

2017 Hertz Fellow
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Preston Kemeny is currently a T.C. Chamberlin and National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago.

In 2022, Kemeny received a PhD in Geochemistry from Caltech for research conducted with Jess Adkins and Woodward Fischer. During graduate school, he was supported by the Hertz Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Prior to Caltech, Kemeny graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2015 with a degree in Geosciences and certificates in Environmental Studies and Planets & Life. He conducted research with Daniel Sigman, John Higgins, and Gerta Keller, and for this work he was awarded the Edward Sampson, Class of 1914, Prize in Environmental Geosciences.

Outside of research, Kemeny plays with his retired racing greyhound, named Tethys. He enjoys reading popular science books, typically about earth history and the history of earth science, and he wrote the wikipedia article on the reference materials used in stable isotope analysis.

“The community of Hertz Fellows is a deep source of inspiration and ideas."
– Preston Kemeny

Graduate Studies

California Institute of Technology
A Fluvial Perspective on the Role of Sulfide Oxidation in the Global Carbon Cycle