Jennifer Wetz

Job Title:
Fisheries Project Manager
Suite 314
(361) 825-2083
Curriculum Vitae: 


Jennifer Wetz is a fisheries biologist with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation and project manager for the South Texas Artificial Reef Monitoring Program.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Georgia in 1996, Jennifer earned a master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Florida, where she focused on the reproductive biology of grouper. Subsequent moves to South Carolina, Oregon and North Carolina resulted in a broad scientific background that includes research experience in water chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology. A move to Texas in 2011 to work for the Harte Research Institute finally reunited her with her favorite research topic: fisheries. 

At HRI, Jennifer helped to develop the South Texas Artificial Reef Monitoring Program which uses ROV (remotely operated vehicles), SCUBA and vertical longline survey techniques to assess reef fish populations. She currently serves on the university’s Diving Control Board, which enacts policies and procedures and governs the training and dive operations of all personnel participating in the diving program.


Judd Curtis, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Matt Streich, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Jennifer Wetz, M.S.
Fisheries Project Manager
Jason Williams, M.S.
Marine Research Specialist II
Tara Topping, M.S.
Research Specialist I
Quentin Hall, M.S.
Research Specialist I
Alex Tompkins, M.S.
Research Specialist I
Ashley Ferguson, B.S.
Research Technician I
David Norris, B.S.
Research Technician I
Kesley Gibson, M.S.
Program: Ph.D., Marine Biology
Zach Olsen, M.S.
Program: Ph.D., Coastal Marine System Science
Jasmine Rodriguez
Program: B.S. Marine Biology
Alex Tompkins, M.S.
Chas Downey, M.S.
Matt Streich, Ph.D.
Quentin Hall, M.S.
Judd Curtis, Ph.D.
Peter Young, M.S.
Phil Jose, M.S.
Karen Drumhiller, M.S.
Kim Johnson, M.S.
Bridgette Froeschke, Ph.D.
John Froeschke, Ph.D.
Laura Payne, M.S.
Jason Williams, M.S.
Isis Dominguez Gain, M.S.
Jenny Wrast Oakley, M.S.
Jason James, M.S.
Amanda Bushon, M.S.
Todd Neahr, M.S.
Suraida Nañez-James, M.S.
Dana Burfeind, Ph.D.
Jason Slocum, M.S.
Megan Reese Robillard, M.S.

The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is a center at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies where Dr. Greg Stunz is also the Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health...


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