• Dr. Jenna Jambeck

      Regents Professor and Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering

      University of Georgia

      Dr. Jenna Jambeck is the Regents Professor and Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia. Jambeck is recognized for her decades of work investigating the global scale of plastic pollution and galvanizing efforts to address solid waste and marine debris. Her work is supported by a diverse set of entities, including the United Nations, the World Bank, U.S. government agencies, foundations (both U.S. and international), nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. Jambeck has conducted public environmental diplomacy as an International Informational Speaker for the U.S. Department of State since 2017. She founded the Circularity Informatics Lab in UGA’s New Materials Institute and serves as a National Geographic Explorer. A finding from Jambeck’s research was named the International Statistic of the Year in 2018 by the Royal Statistical Society. In that study, Jambeck and her colleagues found that more than 90% of plastic has never been recycled. In 2022, Jambeck was awarded a coveted “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Jambeck also co-developed the Marine Debris Tracker mobile app, created in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It provides a platform for community members to inform research efforts by logging the types and quantities of plastic debris in their communities.