The Team

Ship Location

E Pacific Ocean

Jenny Waddell

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Science/Data Team
Research Coordinator
NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?

As research coordinator, I coordinate with experts from a variety of disciplines to facilitate scientific inquiry of all kinds in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

An abiding love and respect for our oceans and all their fascinating creatures

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

I've had the good fortune to work with many inspiring and encouraging colleagues at NOAA since I started a fellowship there in 2001.

What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?

Right now, I'm pretty fascinated with the meteorites that fell into the sanctuary in March 2018...

What other jobs led you to your current career?

I worked at a variety of jobs where I focused on learning about the natural world--wildlife biologist, scuba divemaster, volunteer coordinator with a marine conservation non-profit--prior to joining NOAA in 2001. Since then, I've been involved in efforts to map, monitor, and study threats facing U.S. coral reefs and ran a major NOAA grants portfolio to fund research projects prior to joining Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

What are your degrees and certifications?

I have a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a masters degree in marine policy from the University of Washington.

What are your hobbies?

Right now, I'm remodeling my house so I have little time for hobbies.

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Talk to people who are in positions of interest and ask them for career advice and about internship or volunteer opportunities. 

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?

I helped lead a cruise on Nautilus last year, so I knew the OET crew a little. When approached by OET about mapping activities that could be accomplished in OCNMS during a transit leg, I responded and suggested a couple of options. I hope to be helpful to the new scientists riding along on the transit.