Dr. Jennifer Brandon

Dr. Jennifer Brandon

Climate Scientist

Dr. Jennifer Brandon is a marine biologist and biological oceanographer who brings deep research expertise to her role as King Philanthropies’ Climate Scientist. She spent over a decade researching plastic pollution, developing multiple new techniques to identify and quantify microplastics and researching their effects on the marine ecosystem. In her previous role as Senior Scientist at Applied Ocean Sciences, she managed multiple projects involving conservation and climate change, including examining the ecological impacts of the increase in shipping in the Arctic due to melting ice, the future of water for agriculture, and the effects of climate change on the Southern Californian marine ecosystem.

Jenni is an expert in science communication and served as the Price Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Communication at Birch Aquarium and the Director of Communications at Applied Ocean Sciences. She has given numerous lectures and invited talks, including as a National Academy of Sciences Distinguished Speaker and has been interviewed for her expertise in marine plastics, including by NPR, The New Yorker, and the BBC.

Jenni holds a BS in Biology and a BA in English from Duke University, an MS in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.

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