An Oregon native, Jenna received her B.A. in Biology and Fine Arts from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her senior thesis investigated how changes in flock structure affected social behavior in Kori Bustards at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Her research interests include avian ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as selective pressures facing bird populations. Jenna interned with KBO as a Research and Monitoring Intern in 2011 and 2012; in this role Jenna assisted KBO staff in data management and administrative tasks and she provided field support by conducting avian surveys. Jenna went on to complete her MS at Oregon State University.