As Director of the Water Center, Jen provides intellectual and programmatic leadership to our mission to foster collaborative research that informs the policy and management decisions affecting our nation’s Great Lakes and coastal estuarine waters. She works with faculty to develop multi-sector, multidisciplinary teams that address cross-sector water resource issues. She networks with regional partners from the public, private, non-governmental sectors helping integrate them and their perspectives into project teams. Jen also oversees staff implementing the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Science Collaborative program: including development of requests for proposals; design and conduct of technical/peer and practitioner review; and project implementation and reporting.
Jen has more than 20 years’ experience developing and implementing restoration-related programs in the bi-national Great Lakes region. She has held positions at the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor (GLIER), and as Assistant Director and Research Coordinator of Michigan Sea Grant. With Sea Grant, she served as Principal Investigator for several multi-sector ecosystem restoration projects in the Huron-Erie Corridor. From 2008-14 Jen served as Executive Director of the bi-national Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a regional node of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.