Manager, D10: Central Plains and D13: Southern Rockies
Jennifer received her PhD in Organismal Biology and Ecology (2014) from the University of Montana, a BS in Wildlife Biology (2006) from the University of Montana, and a BS in Biology with Spanish Minor from Jamestown College (2004). Her primary interests lie in understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that govern individual- and community-level changes to native systems following changes to their environment.
Her dissertation research focused on native web-building spiders in the intermountain grasslands of western Montana after the introduction of spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe). After knapweed invasion, all native web spiders increase in abundance; however, one group (Dictyna spp.) fairs much better than others. She investigated the mechanisms underlying web spider community reassembly following invasion; plastic and evolved changes in web size following invasion; and behavioral changes of Dictyna towards an egg parasitoid wasp.
Jennifer’s past experiences involved working on various wildlife, ecology, and climate projects with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and for various Universities in North Dakota and Montana. She has a passion for ecology, scientific outreach, mentoring, and improving and finding efficiencies in field operations. She joined NEON in 2014 and was the first Field Operations Manager in Domain 06, located in Manhattan, KS. After successfully setting up operations in Kansas for 2 years, she has now transitioned as the Field Operations Manager for Domains 10 and 13 located in Colorado. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors and travelling with her husband and three boys, cooking, sewing, knitting, and gardening.