Jennifer Johnson first gained experience as a NOAA contractor at the Atlantic Hydrographic Branch in Norfolk, VA. She was a NOAA Hollings Scholar which led to internships at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) with the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD. Following graduation at Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Jennifer was a contractor at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, MA where she used unmanned aerial systems to gather optical imagery and furthered her experience with active fishery acoustic data collection and processing on research vessels. While in Woods Hole, she participated in a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) collaborative project with fishery acoustic and trawl operations in the Arctic Ocean.
She is now starting her M.S. in Oceanography working with long term data collection from the Arctic region.