Jen is a biologist with more than five years of research and field experience. Her passion for nature and animals began at an early age; she grew up hiking, camping, fishing, daydreaming of mountain adventures, and, like many young suburban ecologists-to-be, catching frogs, lizards, and insects in the canals and foothills of the South Bay Area, and later in the forests of the Sierra. Jen completed two B.S. degrees, one in Veterinary Science and another in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and an M.S. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her Master’s thesis focused on the population and landscape genetics of the endangered riparian brush rabbit. This research, together with projects centered on bighorn sheep, Mohave ground squirrels, and pygmy rabbits, sparked a keen interest in conservation planning, non-invasive sampling, and endangered species recovery. In her downtime, Jen enjoys camping, fly fishing, and hiking with her dogs, Stella and Icky.