Apr 27, 2022


Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Jennifer Brandon currently works as a senior scientist at Applied Ocean Sciences, a science startup. Prior to this position, she was a Price Postdoctoral fellow at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, where she received her PhD in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in December 2017. She is an expert in quantifying and identifying marine microplastics, and has developed multiple novel methods to identify the spatial and temporal ranges of microplastics and determine the age of plastics exposed to varying weathering conditions in the environment. She was the first to find microplastics in our temporal sediment record, and the exponential increase of microplastics she recorded from 1945-2009 closely correlates with the exponential increase in worldwide plastics production over that same time period.