Jennifer L. (Brostek) Thornhill

Science Analyst, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
Ph.D., Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

Jennifer L. Thornhill is a Science Analyst at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) with a Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University (GMU). As a Science Analyst in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Jennifer focuses on enhancing internal and external communications for the Directorate as well as the Foundation-wide Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Program. As a Ph.D. candidate at GMU, she is investigating the impact of scientific publications on wildlife management decisions and is conducting a case study on wolf management in two regions of the United States (the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Western Great Lakes).

Prior to joining the NSF in 2004, she completed a Research Internship at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, where she studied that effect of enclosure design and exposure to the visiting public on the behaviors of Kori Bustards (a large African bird). She completed her M.S. in Psychology/Animal Behavior at the University of Oklahoma in 2003 studying the impact of intraspecific competition on food storage behaviors of Least Chipmunks.

Originally from Chicago, Jennifer currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, young son and daughter, dog and cat.

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