Fellowship institution:NOAA, Office of Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes
Jennifer Bosch spent her fellowship year in the Office of Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She collaborated with researchers and decision makers to help them create policies and other tools to solve environmental management issues.
As a doctoral student in marine ecology and environmental science at the University of Maryland, she has studied the biogeochemistry and ecological impacts of the Chesapeake Bay’s low-oxygen regions or “dead zones.” She analyzed shifts in benthic invertebrate community structure and consequences for nutrient cycling processes.
Bosch grew up in New Jersey and developed an early love for the marine environment by spending every summer of her childhood at the Jersey shore. As an undergraduate and later a marine scientist at Rutgers University, she developed and ran a satellite data system about sea-surface temperatures that remains widely used by scientists and commercial and recreational fishers. As part of several public-outreach projects, she worked with middle-school students and teachers to encourage their interest and studies in marine science.
Following her fellowship, Bosch returned to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to finish up her doctoral degree.