Postdoctoral Associate

Jennie is a postdoctoral research associate at the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources. She completed her PhD at Miami University focused on understanding the ecological consequences of decreases in transparency in lakes from a range of climatic and environmental factors, including increases in dissolved organic carbon. Through an NSF-IGERT fellowship, Jennie deployed buoys with high-frequency sensors in multiple lakes in collaboration with other scientists in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory (GLEON) to study seasonal changes in phytoplankton vertical distribution. As a post-doc at Dartmouth College, she collaborated with scientists to study winter carbon cycling and the effects of road salt on zooplankton community composition as part of a GLEON global salt experiment. She is also working with Bayesian models to forecast the timing and severity of cyanobacterial blooms.

In the Stockwell Laboratory at UVM, Jennie is working on the Global Evaluation of the Impacts of Storms on freshwater Habitat Structure of phytoplankton Assemblages (GEISHA) project, which includes data from Lake Champlain. Using long-term monitoring datasets and high-frequency data available through international networks, the project is focused on addressing questions about the impacts of storms on phytoplankton community in over 40 lakes across the globe. Although climate change is expected to cause more intense and frequent extreme weather events, we only have a basic understanding of how these events might alter freshwater phytoplankton communities. Jennie is interested in understanding how changes in the thermal structure of lakes from storms affect phytoplankton diversity.

Jennifer Brentrup


  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Miami University
  • B.A. in Biology with Environmental Science Concentration, Colby College


Office Location:

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, 3 College Street