Investigates fire, forests and animals; shares STEM with students of all ages.
"I encourage girls to help each other and join forces to become more numerous in male dominated fields."
Get fired up about science! Dr. Jenny Briggs is a biologist who spent many years investigating burning questions about how fire affects animals, people, and habitats. (Spoiler alert: fire can have both helpful and harmful impacts in forest ecosystems.) Her love of wildlife started with the prickly hedgehogs she observed as a kid growing up in England, and her fascination with fire began when she left that wet and rainy country to attend college in California and Nevada.
Jenny now leads many different STEM outreach projects at the University of Colorado Boulder, helping professors and students share their work with schools, communities, and partners. She’s organizing a new Master’s program for Tribal Climate Leaders and teaching workshops on science communication. Outside of work, she loves exploring local trails with her family and hosting STEM fairs at her kids’ schools, where she sees students present amazing experiments and solve engineering challenges every year.