Jen started working for Blue Ventures in Belize as a Field Scientist in January 2011, and progressed to the role of Country Coordinator in July 2012. Jen is responsible for developing Blue Ventures’ conservation programmes in Belize, and overseeing the scientific research conducted on our expeditions in Bacalar Chico. She also leads Blue Ventures’ efforts to promote domestic and international export markets for invasive lionfish; an innovative market-based solution to reducing the destructive impact of this species on Belize’s reefs and fisheries. She has built strong relationships with the community of Sarteneja as well as various national and regional conservation organisations and networks, and in 2014 became a Kinship Conservation Fellow.
Raised between Singapore and Cape Town, Jen can’t imagine life away from the coast. She graduated with a BSc in Biology from Southampton University in 2007, after which she moved back to South East Asia to volunteer and then work in conservation and environmental education. She loves learning new languages, music, dancing, and any sport that gets you in the water.