Jenessa works as the news writing and production fellow for Eos, the news publication of AGU. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and serves on the board of the DC Science Writers Association.

Before coming to Eos, Jenessa graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and environmental science. She spent her time outside of classes writing and editing for Wesleyan University’s nonfiction Argus Magazine and produced the science podcast Somewhat Science for the local radio station. She completed her Master of Science in ocean physics under the mentorship of Roger Samelson and Eric Skyllingstad at Oregon State University. At OSU, she wrote for the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science’s alumni newsletter and served as a science communication fellow at Oregon’s science museum, OMSI.

After graduating with her M.S., Jenessa worked full-time as a freelance science writer and communicator. She wrote for university public information offices, wrote and edited OSU’s Women in Science newsletter, blogged from the research vessel R/V Oceanus, and led a science communication workshop.

Jenessa joined Eos as their intern in June 2018 and stayed on with the team to become their first news and production fellow starting in May 2019.


“I had the privilege of working with Jenessa on a feature story about coastal and ocean engineering research. She communicated clearly and efficiently throughout the project and produced a piece that was written in a compelling and creative style. She translated the technical research for the general public. Additionally, Jenessa captures her notes and sources in a meticulous manner. She is a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to future projects. “ – Johanna Carson, Public Information Representative, College of Engineering, Oregon State University

“Jenessa has been a joy to work with as the Editor-in-Chief for our monthly newsletter. She has developed a great format for a previously neglected newsletter, found exceptional scientists to interview and feature each month, and is exceptionally organized with her time.” – Heather Fulton-Bennett, Co-President, Women in Science Organization, Oregon State University