Jenny Woodman is the Science Communication Manager for Schmidt Ocean Institute. She spent several years covering ocean health and technology for NASA and IEEE Earthzine, where she was lucky enough to join several scientific expeditions at sea. Woodman experienced seafloor mapping, magical wildlife sightings in National Marine Sanctuaries, a little bit of seasickness, and exploring underwater volcanoes with robots. This work cultivated a passion for science communication and the desire to inspire a connection with the natural world, wild places and our blue planet.
She has a Bachelor of Science in communication and a Masters of Fine Arts in nonfiction creative writing, both degrees from Portland State University. Woodman’s thesis explored the impact of women in STEM via the lives of the Harvard Computers and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. She also spent four years managing communication for the Oregon Zoo Foundation, where she became a super-fan for ecosystem engineers like sea otters and beavers. In her free time, she can be found knitting, creating a native plant garden for wildlife or goofing around with her husband David and rescue pup Winston.