Jenny Briggs Ph.D.

Jenny Briggs Ph.D.

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Investigates fire, forests and animals; shares STEM with students of all ages.

Jenny Briggs Ph.D.
Jenny Briggs Ph.D.

"Kids are the world's best investigators and explorers - I love to learn from their curious questions and great observations wherever I go. Calling all girls: raise your voices, ask your questions, and overcome interruptions!"

"Dr. Jenny Briggs has worked in the fields of fire science, animal behavior and STEM outreach - sharing a passion for investigation and adventure with kids of all ages and backgrounds. After growing up in England, where she loved searching for hedgehogs in rainy woodlands, Jenny moved to the western U.S. for college and became fascinated by the wildfires and wildlife of dry mountain forests. She obtained a Bachelor's in Human Biology at Stanford and a PhD in Ecology & Conservation at the University of Nevada Reno, then spent 10 years doing forest and fire research with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado. This involved steep trails, smoky air, dirt roads, tough pack tests, big trucks, and burnt sandwiches - quite a change from England! Along the way, Jenny taught science at preschools, summer camps, state parks, and colleges – learning that the world's best investigators, engineers, and (camp)fire experts are often the youngest! Currently, Jenny works with graduate students at the Colorado School of Mines as they tackle important problems in environmental science and engineering. After work, she loves exploring new trails with her husband, son, daughter, and mischievous dog."

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