Jennifer D. Watts Ph.D.

  • Assistant Scientist
Jennifer Watts

Dr. Jennifer Watts grew up in northern landscapes and feels a personal connection to the places and ecosystems she studies. She is interested in patterns and mechanisms of change in terrestrial environments, particularly the tundra, wetlands and forests in the Arctic-boreal regions of Alaska and Canada. She is also very fond of the semi-arid grasslands in the Rocky Mountain West. Her work draws on remote sensing, carbon flux measurements, hydrology and ecosystem modeling to understand how climate change and human disturbance are affecting vegetation and soils and ultimately, the carbon cycle.

When she isn’t in the field or at her computer, Dr. Watts enjoys mountain-biking, hiking, and skiing. She is currently based in Montana, but says the Arctic is where she feels at home.

I’ve seen glaciers retreat. I’ve seen summer get warmer. The fact that I’ve seen the Arctic change with my own eyes is a sign of how quickly it’s happening.


Big sky over lush valley

Carbon Monitoring in Rangelands

Restoring rangelands for climate adaptation and mitigation