Jennifer received her BS in Environmental Sciences and minor in European Studies from the University of California, San Diego. While an undergraduate, she worked in a coral reef ecology lab, conducting experiments to determine how ocean acidification will likely impact calcifying organisms. After graduating, Jennifer moved to San Francisco to work for Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Office of Chief Scientist. At EDF, she conducted research on a wide range of environmental issues – anything from genetically modified organisms and their associated health and environmental impacts to the ethical concerns surrounding shark fishing. With a desire to develop interdisciplinary solutions for marine environmental issues, Jennifer returned to school and studied coastal marine resources management and conservation planning at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Her master’s thesis focused on developing a diverse portfolio of funding sources to support a long-term, incentivized vessel-speed reduction program in the Santa Barbara, which would reduce both ship-generated air pollution and the number of whale fatalities from fast cargo ships.