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JENNIFER CLARK

Chief Scientist & Head of Science, Cascadia Seaweed

Dr. Jennifer Clark is a phycologist by trade. In her current role as Chief Scientist at Cascadia Seaweed, Jennifer manages the cultivation and production of kelp seed used to grow nutritious regenerative snacks for KOVE as well as for other verticals including agrifeeds, restoration efforts and carbon capture. As seaweed aquaculture is an emerging sector in BC, Jennifer is focused on producing regenerative food sources while conserving natural coastal ecosystems and quantifying potential ecosystem services that kelp farms can provide.

Jennifer grew up on the coast of BC, and always knew that she would pursue a career studying the ocean. She has 10+ years of research and cultivation experience of seaweeds in Canada and Australia.  She received her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia understanding climate change impacts of different life stages of seaweed and the underlying population genetics. She then returned to Canada as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of British Columbia and Hakai Institute and partnered with Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv First Nations in determining the loss of a traditionally harvested seaweed. Here, she learned the importance of coastal foods and the nutritional and health benefits of seaweeds.

Jennifer is passionate about seaweeds as they are a renewable and nutritional food source, beneficial in their ability to buffer climate change effects and vital in maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems.