Integrative Biology, Ph.D candidate
Jennifer’s research interests focus on understanding the behavioral response of highly phenotypically plastic animals to ecosystem change. Octopuses play an important predatory role in almost every coastal environment, yet we know little about their behavioral response to changes in their environment. Understanding this concept could aid in issues surrounding biodiversity loss and fisheries management. Jennifer uses a combination of SCUBA surveys, ecological modeling, food web analysis, and behavioral experiments to understand how and why octopuses interact with varying components of their community, primarily on Catalina Island. She also dedicates much of her time to programs and conferences encouraging young women to stay in science, as well as training the next generation of scientific SCUBA divers.
* Also awarded a Philomathia fellowship in 2013-2014
- UC Berkeley