Jennifer is a third year doctoral student in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior subprogram of Biology at the City University of New York. Her doctoral research topic is restoration and conservation of salt marshes. Her research sites are in Jamaica Bay, in NYC. Jennifer received a B.A. degree in the Biological Sciences, with honors, from Queens College of the City University of New York in 2002. She spent the next seven years teaching Biology and Marine Science for the NYCDOE at Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park, NY. In 2005, she received an M.S.Ed. in Geology, also from Queens College.
Jennifer hopes to complete her Ph.D. degree by the spring of 2014. She is currently a second year GK-12 graduate teaching fellow who has worked at three schools near her research site: P.S. 47 Q., Scholar's Academy, and Beach Channel High School campus. There she is leading a course she developed called Estuary Explorers, which takes students into local estuary and beach ecosystems to teach basic ecological research skills, and help students develop a sense of stewardship for their local environment.
More about Jennifer can be found at www.jenniferporcheddu.com