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Jennifer Brown BA (Cantab), MSc

Jennifer Brown BA (Cantab), MSc

PhD candidate (NERC funded)

Jennifer's research focuses on monitoring penguin populations in the Antarctic using satellite imagery.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2013 – present: PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge / British Antarctic Survey
  • 2012 – 2013: MSc Remote Sensing, University College London
  • 2007 – 2010: BA Geography, University of Cambridge

Awards

  • 2015-2016 Newnham College Continuing Research Studentship
  • 2015 NERC Student Photography Competition 3rd Prize (£100)
  • 2014-2015 Newnham College Continuing Research Studentship
  • 2014 AFI Collaborative Gearing Scheme Grant for Antarctic Fieldwork

Research

Supervised by: Dr Gareth Rees, Dr Philip Trathan (BAS) and Peter Fretwell (BAS).

My research is looking into the use of remotely sensed satellite imagery for the detection and monitoring of Antarctic penguin species. Improving current methods of penguin population monitoring will help to improve estimates of population trajectories at a regional scale. Recent and future advances in remote sensing with new satellite sensors and platforms offers an increased potential for accurate, consistent large scale data collection, which will enable us to address previously untested hypotheses on penguin population change.

Antarctic penguins are long lived, upper trophic predators so are potentially sensitive indicator species of the marine ecosystem in which they live. Accurate monitoring of these populations is therefore of growing importance owing to the changing environment in which these penguins live, particularly on the Western Antarctic peninsula where rapid warming is occurring. This research will focus on the more difficult to monitor pygoscelid penguins (Adélies, Chinstraps and Gentoos), aiming to develop new techniques and algorithms to improve monitoring of these species.

Publications

Presentations

  • Feb 2016 'The colour of penguin colonies: Satellites and spectroscopy at Signy' Poster prize winner. RSPSoc Wavelength Conference
  • Nov 2015 'Seasonal penguin colony colour change at Signy, Antarctica' BAS Student Science Symposium
  • March 2015 'The true colours of Monty the penguin: ground truthing for satellite imagery' RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term conference.
  • September 2014 'Spectroscopy for monitoring penguins' RSPSoc NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility Workshop
  • May 2014 'Scaling up: using remote-sensing methods to estimate regional penguin population trajectories in a changing environment' Newnham Graduate Multidisciplinary Conference 'Snapshots of Research', University of Cambridge
  • Jan 2014 'Scaling up: using remote-sensing methods to estimate regional penguin population trajectories in a changing environment' Graduate Forum, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Teaching

  • Demonstrator, Geography Tripos, Part 1B: Intermediate Statistics, University of Cambridge (2014 - )
  • Demonstrator, Geography Tripos, Part 1B: Remote Sensing and the Climate System, University of Cambridge (2014)
  • Supervisor, Geography Tripos, Part 1B: Remote Sensing and the Climate System, University of Cambridge (2014 - )

External activities

  • Member, UKPN (UK Polar Network)
  • Member, APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists)
  • Member, Newnham College Football Club
  • Member, Cambridge University Women's Cricket Club