Jennifer Bissonnette

Interim Director, Nature Laboratory
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PhD, College of William and Mary
BS, Eckerd College

Jennifer Bissonnette is an ecologist and marine scientist whose work engages techniques of transdisciplinary inquiry to merge natural sciences knowledge, techniques and methods of inquiry with art and design thinking and studio practices. With a BS in biology from Eckerd College and a PhD in marine science from the College of William and Mary/Virginia Institute of Marine Science, she focuses broadly on human-nature connections and systems thinking to help innovate design solutions to environmental and societal challenges. 

Her past experience includes working on Capitol Hill as a natural resources legislative assistant, conducting coastal resource management work for the state of Virginia and teaching college classes on a variety of topics including aquaponics, biomaterials, sustainable and regenerative design, biology, ecology and marine science. She is also responsible for overseeing the design, construction and programming of the Nature Lab's new BioDesign Makerspace.

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head shot of Jennifer Bissonnette
PhD, College of William and Mary
BS, Eckerd College