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Rhemann joins OPP as Antarctic Science Assistant


September 17, 2020

Jennifer Rhemann has joined NSF as the new Science Assistant for Antarctic Sciences, Office of Polar Programs. She supported the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) as a contractor for 19 years, working 14 summers and six winters at McMurdo Station, Antarctica in multiple support roles, including aviation logistics support, science support, and operations. USAP’s multi-agency, collaborative approach to mitigating hazards and overcoming challenges in the pursuit of world class science inspired Jennifer to pursue a graduate education in Antarctic sciences and polar law and policy, and she has worked toward professional certifications including Incident Command Systems, Emergency Management, and Aviation Risk Management.

Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Antarctic & Southern Ocean Studies with Honours at the University of Tasmania, where her research focus was on Strategies to Minimize Impacts of Introduced Species in the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Regions. She has also completed coursework in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Polar Law at the University of Akureyri. While enrolled in school, Jennifer was an active member of the Association for Polar Earlier Career Scientists (APECS), serving on the 2010-11 APECS Council as Polar Policy Discipline Coordinator and supporting multiple APECS workshops.

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