Jenna Judge


I’ve always had a passion for the environment and the ocean in particular, and now I have completed a Ph.D. that has provided me with a diverse skillset to back up my passion and apply my big picture perspective to solving environmental problems and engaging the public while doing so. Right now I am exploring the roles scientists play in conservation and how I can best contribute and find my fit amongst the diverse and skilled individuals working for a sustainable future.

A life-long passion for nature and an intense curiosity for the deep-sea drove me to pursue research, but the opportunities along the way to share this excitement with the public and fellow scientists became the highlight of my graduate experience. My dissertation research focused on patterns of biodiversity in deep-sea habitats that include hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, sunken whale bones, wood, and other organic substrates like squid beaks and shark egg cases.