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Jennifer Hayes - Aquatic Biologist - Changemaker Speaker Series
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Jennifer Hayes – Aquatic Biologist

Jen Hayes Studio Portrait Credit Kelly Stremmel

Aquatic biologist and photojournalist Jennifer Hayes is a contributing photographer and speaker for National Geographic. She specializes in natural history, conservation, and the documentation of freshwater and marine environments. Jennifer and her partner, David Doubilet, collaborate on assignments from the equator to the polar ice. With graduate degrees in marine ecology and zoology, Jennifer focuses her research on shark finning as well as the population dynamics and movements of sturgeon. She also works with scientists around the globe to share their stories. Jennifer is an award-winning photographer, contributor to numerous global publications, and an author and contributor to books about marine environments. She is a trustee of the Shark Research Institute, Explorer Club fellow, editorial board advisor for the Ocean Geographic Society, and recipient of the SUNY-ESF President’s Medal for her contributions to the natural world.

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Father and Son Fisherman Kimbe Bay Credit Jen Hayes

Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea

Immerse yourself in unseen worlds with scientist and photographer Jennifer Hayes, who—with her husband, David Doubilet—captures life above and below the water’s surface. The globetrotting partners in work and life have produced stories together about every topic under the sea, from endangered coral reefs to what lies below polar ice. Onstage, she’s a gifted storyteller, combining decades of knowledge, passion, and experience into sharing the story of our ocean. Discover life above and below the water’s edge in an odyssey of visuals that reveal two worlds in a single frame.