Jenny Stern is a graduate student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and is advised by Dr. Kristin Laidre of the Polar Science Center. She is currently researching the movement and feeding ecology of the Baffin Bay polar bear subpopulation for her master’s thesis and hopes to eventually extend her project to examine related contaminant exposures as a student in the Ph.D. program.
Despite growing up in the middle of the country, Jenny has been interested in studying the ecology of arctic marine mammals from a young age. Jenny found out about the Polar Science Center through Dr. Laidre and is excited to be surrounded by scientists with a shared interest in this dynamic ecosystem.
Jenny received her B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from University of Kansas (2016). While at the University of Kansas, she studied the effects of climate change on tree phenology, changing honeybee population dynamics, and the evolution of venomous dorsal spines in sharks and cartilaginous fishes.
In her free time, Jenny enjoys swimming, kayaking, doing puzzles, and spending time with her pets.