Current Role at Stanford

Jennifer directs the educational outreach programs in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. These programs include Geokids, an early elementary school field trip to campus, the Earth Sciences High School Internships and teacher professional development opportunities. Jennifer serves as a pre-major advisor as well as provides mentoring to students who are interested in science education careers.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Sherrie Wilkins Award for Mentoring, Association for Women in Science Palo Alto (2015)

Professional Education

  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Biological Oceanography (2005)
  • B.S., University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (1989)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Mentoring Committee, Member, Association for Women In Science – Palo Alto Chapter, Stanford, Univ. (9/13/2007 - Present)


    Stanford, CA

  • Education Committee, Member, Canopy (6/1/2012 - Present)

    Canopy was created in 1996 to support the Palo Alto's urban forestry programs and engage residents in learning about their importance and how to care for them.


    Palo Alto, CA

  • Board Member, Environmental Volunteers (3/1/2010 - 6/15/2012)

    The Environmental Volunteers believes all children deserve to learn about the natural world through personal exploration, so they can become responsible stewards of the Earth. At the Environmental Volunteers we believe that what children appreciate and love, they will protect. We achieve this by

    Providing hands-on science education
    Encouraging awareness of the interrelationships between people and nature
    Fostering an attitude of stewardship for the environment
    Providing knowledge and skills to children so they can make informed decisions about the environment


    Palo Alto, CA

2015-16 Courses

Work Experience

  • Director of Outreach Education, Stanford University, School of Earth Sciences (5/1/2005 - Present)

    •Manage the Climate Change Education Project, a NASA-funded teacher professional development and curriculum project.
    •Oversee the Geokids, where university students lead activities for second grade students.
    •Coordinate the high school internship program for 15-20 students each summer.
    •Coordinate educational outreach for the Quake-Catcher Network (
    •Develop new projects and partnerships with faculty and local educational organizations.
    •Developed and implemented educational programs for the Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute, including teacher professional development and workshops for science journalists.


    Stanford, CA

  • Education Manager, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (10/1/2000 - 5/15/2005)

    •Developed and wrote the Coastal Ecosystem Curriculum for high school students.
    •Coordinated and implemented a sandy beach monitoring program for high school students.
    •Developed, advertised and presented professional development for teachers.
    •Managed the organization’s websites and produced/edited the bi-annual newsletter.


    San Francisco, CA

  • Coordinator of Professional Development, Museum of Science and Industry (5/13/2000 - 9/15/2000)

    •Developed curriculum and recruited teachers for a three-week Teaching with Technology workshop.
    •Coordinated and developed individualized teacher workshops for schools.


    Chicago, IL

  • Coordinator of Adult and Family Programs, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (9/1/1998 - 3/31/2000)

    •Planned and scheduled course offerings, managed budget, evaluated and marketed adult and family fee-based course program.
    •Coordinated Adler's component in a collaborative museum and city park after-school and family program. Trained and supervised outreach educators. Taught and developed curriculum for family workshops to increase museum awareness and interest.
    •Planned and developed Adler's component in a summer day camp for 5-14 year-olds with the Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. Responsible for curriculum development, registration, evaluation, and budget management. Supervised 18 temporary staff of assistants, counselors, and instructors.


    Chicago, IL

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sabbatical Replacement Position, U.S. Naval Academy (1/1/1997 - 8/1/1998)

    Taught and developed curriculum of Biological Oceanography (lecture & laboratory) and General Oceanography 2 (lecture & laboratory) for oceanography majors.


    Annapolis, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Sabbatical Replacement Position, Millersville University (1/1/1996 - 6/1/1996)

    Taught and developed curriculum of Biological Oceanography (lecture & laboratory) to oceanography and zoology majors and introductory oceanography course (lecture & laboratory) for non-science majors.


    Millersville, PA

All Publications

  • Supporting Students Epistemological Understanding of Climate Change Journal of Geoscience Education Holthuis, N., Lotal, R., Mastrandrea, M. 2014
  • Geoscience Outreach Education with the Local Community Geoscience Research and Outreach, Schools and Public Engagement Saltzman, J. Springer. 2014: 303-309
  • Middle and high school students shine EOS Asher, P., Saltzman, J. 2012; 93 (9): 96

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2012EO090019

  • Engaging First Grade Students in a Geoscience Campus Field Trip Journal of Geoscience Education Saltzman, J., Paytan, A. 2007; 55 (4): 326-332
  • Year-one activities at the Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute Brown, G. E., Bluhm, H., Brown, B. A., Chaka, A. M., Constantz, B., Fendorf, S., Foster, A. L., Myneni, S. C., Nilsson, A., Rosso, K. M., Salmeron, M., Saltzman, J., Spormann, A. M., Trainor, T. P. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2005: U1714-U1715
  • Educational outreach at the Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute Saltzman, J., Brown, B. A. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2005: U1717-U1717
  • Ocean Education Through Environmental Monitoring Current: The Journal of Marine Education Saltzman, J. 2005; 21 (1)
  • Zooplankton ecology in a prominent oxygen minimum zone and at a seamount in the eastern tropical Pacific. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Rhode Island. Saltzman, J. 1995