Jenny researches solutions to fisheries and bycatch monitoring at NOAA fisheries in the Pacific Islands. She performs research to evaluate the feasibility of Electronic Monitoring (EM) in the Hawaii longline fisheries with a current focus on collecting data to assess protected species interactions and automate video review using machine learning. In addition, she is part of a team that performs shark research through tagging.
She received her M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and prior to coming to NOAA fisheries worked at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a groundfish biologist for 11 years. She began her fisheries career as a fisheries observer on Hawaii longline vessels and Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawlers. Her field work continued in Alaska with sablefish longline and tagging surveys, ROV and submersible surveys, and scuba shellfish assessments.
Jenny has a notable amount of experience reviewing and analyzing video data - from the rocky underwater footage shot from the ROV and submersible surveys in Southeast Alaska to the shark tagging and protected species interactions footage from Hawaii longline vessels.