Jennifer graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011 with a B.S. in Ecology & Evolution and a minor in Asian American Studies. During her time at UCSB, she assisted with research focusing on the non-consumptive effects of predators on prey in the intertidal zone, coupled with the effects of climate change and habitat complexity. She also completed a senior research project investigating the burgeoning and unregulated Kellet’s Whelk fishery along the California coast. After graduation, Jennifer accepted a Fisheries Ecology Internship at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, where she participated in numerous projects in the northern Gulf of Mexico (including Tiger Shark gut content research, Bonnethead Shark functional response, Cownose Ray foraging ecology and Red Snapper tagging). Before beginning graduate school, she worked as a biological science technician at the USGS, where she studied the distribution and biomass of benthic invertebrates in San Francisco Bay.
Jennifer joined the Fisheries & Conservation Biology Lab at MLML in the fall of 2012. Currently, she is processing samples and analyzing data for her thesis project, which investigates the relationship between diet composition and stable isotope ratios in Yellowtail Rockfish, Sebastes flavidus. Jennifer is evaluating gut contents and stable isotope signatures in multiple tissue types within Yellowtail Rockfish to see if they vary spatially and/or temporally. Additionally, Jennifer has been involved with Dr. Rick Starr’s California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP) since 2012 and currently serves as MLML’s Lead Field Scientist and the program’s Statewide Coordinator. Feel free to contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inquiries about her thesis research or how to become a volunteer angler with CCFRP!