hails from New Jersey, currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama and visits Saba a few months each year. She has an active life on Saba that includes her personal research, teaching college students in study abroad courses and collaborating with the Saba Marine Park, Saba Conservations Foundation and other visiting researchers.
As an Assistant Professor of Geography at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Jen teaches classes in oceanography, cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS – computer mapping and data analysis), environmental science, and physical geography.
Jen’s favorite class to teach is physical geography, which is the study of planet Earth, its formations, ongoing processes, and the changes that have occurred. Since it includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere, it is a multi-disciplinary field that requires continual education in a wide variety of subjects. Because of her background in physical geography, she was invited to be a contributing author in Springer’s “Geomorphological Landscapes of the World” Series entitled, Landscapes and Landforms of the Lesser Antilles. She is writing a chapter on Saba and Statia. The research into Saba’s geological past inspired the idea for Jen’s presentation: How Saba Formed from the Pinnacles to the Peak of Mt. Scenery.
Don't miss our special Opening Night presentation, Thursday October 1st, with Jen as the keynote speaker: From Peaks to Pinnacles to learn how Saba formed and what made the landscapes you see now> You will never look at Saba the same way again! Sign up to join Jen on one of her three field projects to observe and understand Saba's textbook geology. In order to accommodate everyone, Jen's field project can be enjoyed by hiking, from a boat or even via a taxi tour for those persons less agile but still intrigued. Field projects will be scheduled between October 2-9; more details soon.