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Jean Brennan PhD

Brennan, Jean

Dr. Jean Brennan is the Coordinator and Chief Scientist/Science Coordinator for the Appalachian LCC where she has served since 2010. As an ecologist she has worked extensively internationally, conducting research on primates in Kenya; carnivores on Madagascar; Asian elephants and other endangered large mammals on Peninsula Malaysia; and orangutans and proboscis monkeys on Borneo, Indonesia.  She holds graduate degrees in Population Biology and Genetics from the University of Tennessee; Forest Ecology from Yale University School of Forestry; and Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught “Conservation Biology” at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Air Resources at the University of California Davis.

Before joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jean worked as a Senior Climate Change Scientist, most recently with a DC-based environmental NGO, and previously as a Senior Conservation Scientist for the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Jean also served as a staff scientist for the U.S. State Department, Office of Global Change.  Her work as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earned her recognition and she was recognized for her contributions and selected by the IPCC to share the honor the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  Her current interests focus on the application of science at a landscape-scale and synthetic research into the impacts and adaptation to climate- and major land-use change.


Population biology and demographics (incl. biometrics/biostatistics) Population genetics and systematics Data/information systems (design and management) Climate/Earth and Atmospheric Science Modeling (incl. Down-scale climate, Coupled, Niche-envelope modeling) Adaptation (management response and facilitation) Mitigation Environmental education, interpretation, and educational outreach Ozark/Ouachita-Appalachian Forests

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