Independent Consultant: Conservation and Women/Youth Empowerment
Jennifer is a conservation scientist, youth mentor, world explorer, and nature enthusiast. As an esteemed Kinship Conservation Fellow and member of the Pleiades Women’s Sustainability Network, she strives to inspire, unite, and support a global community of leaders and visionaries.
With a master’s in International Applied Ecology and Conservation from University of East Anglia (UK) and bachelor’s in Biology from University of California at Santa Cruz, Jennifer’s passion for nature and learning from diverse cultures has taken her around the world. She is currently working with the Academy-Award nominated film Chasing Ice, leading an education and outreach initiative to inspire people to take action on climate change. She was instrumental in marketing and communications for the World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) in Salamanca, Spain in 2013 and will soon launch an upcoming initiative to empower women who are working on wildlife issues around the world.
Jennifer started her career as a wildlife conservation biologist and has devoted much of her life to extensive, remote field research including endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, seals and sea lions in Scotland, Australia and California, gray whales and sea turtles in Mexico and humpback whales in SE Alaska. She also spent two years tracking sperm whales aboard ‘The Voyage of the Odyssey’, a scientific and PBS education expedition that circumnavigated the globe to study the health of the world’s ocean. In 2011, she was expedition coordinator for the Cuban Marine Research and Conservation Project (a project of The Ocean Foundation), supporting specialists in coral reef and shark biology off the southern coast of Cuba in Jardines de la Reina.
Inspired by connecting youth around the world, she partnered with 5 Gyres in the 2011 International Youth Summit on Plastic Pollution, mentoring over 100 high school students from 15 different countries. She has been an educator for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and The Ocean Institute and is currently an active mentor with ‘Ocean Revolution’—an international youth leadership initiative aimed to inspire and empower young leaders in ocean conservation, led by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols.
In 2012, she helped launch the new non-profit Teens4Oceans (T4O). T4O empowers the next generation to become impassioned stewards for their ocean through education, experiential learning, scientific research and innovative technologies.
In addition to research and education, Jennifer has a deep passion for connection. She devoted three years to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Marine Program where she was the IUCN liaison for esteemed organizations such as National Geographic, Conservation International, Living Oceans Foundation, WWF and The Ocean Foundation. Her key accomplishment was the establishment of the DC Marine Community (DCMC), a diverse network of over 2000 international marine enthusiasts and experts. Connecting this influential ocean conservation community continues to be instrumental in creating ocean awareness and action that has resulted in additional marine protected areas and increased media coverage on ocean and climate issues. During her time with IUCN, she was also a technical adviser to Dr. Sylvia Earle’s TED prize and supported the development of the Mission Blue Campaign and TED Ocean Expedition.
When she is not traveling around the globe or exploring nature, she is deeply enriched by friends, dance, yoga, photography, hiking, tree hugging, and rock climbing.