Jenny researches solutions to fisheries and bycatch monitoring at NOAA Fisheries in the Pacific Islands. In addition, she is part of a team that performs mobula and shark research through tagging and reports to the regional fishery management organizations in the Pacific Ocean on highly migratory species catch and effort.
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.