Dr. Jennings is an environmental microbiologist specializing in biogeochemistry, ecology, bioremediation and environmental restoration. She is also an internationally-recognized expert in the use of state-of-the-art molecular and isotopic techniques to monitor and increase the efficiency of biological remediation. She has extensive experience in field and laboratory techniques associated with the remediation and restoration of soils, sediments, surface water, and aquifers. Remediated contaminants have included hydrocarbons, fuel oxygenates, industrial waste, chemical and pharmaceutical waste, chlorinated compounds, and explosives/munitions. Project locations have included crude oil production and holding sites, refineries, terminals, and storage facilities. Locations have also included landfills, military installations and power plants, as well as active and decommissioned industrial, chemical, and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. She has an extensive background in modeling the biogeochemistry of aerobic, anaerobic, and extreme environments and the various microbial degradation pathways found in these types of environments.
To date, Dr. Jennings has worked on remediation projects on multiple continents, and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 80 national and international presentations on the topic of bioremediation technologies. For five years she led a national corporate Gasoline Oxygenate Remediation Practice Network, Enhanced Bioremediation/Bio augmentation Network, and a national corporate Bioremediation Focus Group. She was also the founder and manager of a national corporate Bioremediation Forum. Dr. Jennings was the national corporate representative to the Corporate Remediation Group for an international chemical manufacturer and lead to this manufacturer’s international Science Advisory Board.
In addition to these activities, Dr. Jennings continues to serve as a national chairperson and national board member for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and is a co-founder of the national ASM Microbe Mentor program. In 2014, Dr. Jennings was elected to a three-year position as the United States science advisor to the National Science and Engineering Council (NSERC) of Canada.
Remediation and Restoration of Soils, Sediments, Surface Water and Aquifers.