Brita J. Jessen, Ph.D.
Interdisciplinary Research and Partnerships Lead
Employed by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium since 2021.
About Brita Jessen
Brita serves as the collaborative agent for the Consortium, building relationships and long-term investments across a collective of academic, private, government, and grassroots communities. Her work enables cross-sector and interdisciplinary teams to build research frameworks that prioritize and translate up-to-date science into actionable outcomes. Brita also serves on the Consortium’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group.
Brita earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in biology from Wellesley College. She was a graduate fellow with the Coastal Institute IGERT Program in Rhode Island and a graduate research fellow with the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the Consortium, Brita was the research coordinator for the Rookery Bay NERR in southwest Florida where she oversaw a team of scientists and collaboratively led grant-funded programs in restoration science, fisheries, habitat change, and human-ecological systems.