Jenessa graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and environmental science. She completed her Master of Science in ocean physics under the mentorship of Roger Samelson and Eric Skyllingstad at Oregon State University. While studying science, Jenessa grew increasingly involved with science communication. She wrote about science in university newsletters and a nonfiction magazine, produced a science podcast, and talked as a guest on live radio. She became a science communication fellow at Oregon’s science museum, OMSI, where she taught visitors about ocean circulation using glass beakers, food coloring, salt, and a pinch of imagination.

After graduating with her M.S., Jenessa worked fulltime as a freelance science writer and communicator. She wrote for university communication offices and science advocacy organizations, reported from research vessels and scientific conferences, and led a science communication workshop.

Starting in June 2018, Jenessa works as the news writing and production intern at Eos.org, the news branch of the American Geophysical Union. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and serves on the board of the DC Science Writers Association.


“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