Jensen has been the director of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) since 2017. In the previous nine years, she served The Nature Conservancy as a senior interdisciplinary scientist and was a member of SNAPP’s Science Advisory Council.
Jensen is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Her research, from Micronesia to Rwanda, has focused on the mechanisms by which new science innovations impact conservation and development practice. Prior to joining SNAPP, Jensen managed diverse programmes including the US Agency for International Development’s Migratory Bird Programme at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Programme, conducting biodiversity assessments in Botswana, Venezuela, Ecuador and the Brazilian Pantanal.
Earlier, Jensen served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. As a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Jensen received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida on the effects of human activity on endemic land birds in the Kingdom of Tonga and Turks and Caicos Islands.