Jennifer was born and raised on the beaches of northwest Florida and spent most of her childhood on a boat participating in water sports and activities. She obtained her Florida Safe Boating course certificate at the age of nine that allowed her to operate a watercraft and has been on the water ever since. As an adult she has a United States Coast Guard Masters captains license. Since childhood, Jennifer has had a passion for the natural world with her younger years spent camping, canoeing, and riding horses.
Jennifer attended at Florida State University where she studied Geology receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and is currently working on completing a Master of Science in Structural Geology. She also studied at the University of West Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Marketing. While pursuing her master’s degree at Florida State University, she worked as a research assistant to the chairman of the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science department. Jennifer spearheaded the evaluation and analysis of structural data in the Appalachian eastern Blue Ridge for a USGS project during her research in graduate school. Her geology research has taken her from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico to the ancient terranes of the Appalachian range to the glaciers of Greenland. She supervised and completed geochemical work in Greenland, as well as conducted research on the Greenland ice sheet.
Jennifer has combined her love for the outdoors and passion for earth science into a career in the expedition industry. She has experience working as a lecturer, guide and zodiac driver in the Antarctic, Alaska, Panama Canal, Patagonia and northern South America regions. Outside of geology, Jennifer is an avid hiker, mountain biker, CrossFit athlete, and paddleboarder. Overall, she is passionate about continuing to gain knowledge and a greater understanding of how our planet changes and experiencing the natural wonders Earth has to offer.