Jennifer Wetz, M.S.

Research Specialist III
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HRI 311
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B.S., Ecology, University of Georgia. (1996)
M.S., Marine Science, University of South Florida. (2000)

Jennifer Wetz is a fisheries biologist with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation and project manager for the South Texas Artificial Reef Monitoring Program. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Georgia in 1996, Jennifer earned a master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Florida, where she focused on the reproductive biology of grouper. Subsequent moves to South Carolina, Oregon and North Carolina resulted in a broad scientific background that includes research experience in water chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology. A move to Texas in 2011 to work for the Harte Research Institute finally reunited her with her favorite research topic: fisheries. 

At HRI, Jennifer helped to develop the South Texas Artificial Reef Monitoring Program which uses ROV (remotely operated vehicles), SCUBA and vertical longline survey techniques to assess reef fish populations. She currently serves on the university’s Diving Control Board, which enacts policies and procedures and governs the training and dive operations of all personnel participating in the diving program.