College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jennifer Buff

Jennifer  Buff

Jennifer Buff

Conservation education and outreach; the intersection of disciplines in the practice of conservation

Academic Program Manager, Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program

B.S. California State University, Sacramento

Jennifer Buff is the Academic Program Manager for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. As a member of the innovative partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University to provide academic opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and professionals in conservation studies, Jennifer’s work focuses on coordinating the Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies for undergraduates. Much like a ‘semester abroad’ this unique 16-credit residential semester provides students unparalleled access to the leading edge of conservation in practice. Prior to the Smithsonian-Mason partnership, Jennifer founded the Education Office at the Front Royal campus, including the development of an innovative school-scientist partnership initiative, the Biodiversity Monitoring Project, the goal of which is to build capacity in schools so that authentic student inquiry activities, using the natural world as a living laboratory, are a part of the culture for teaching and learning. Altenative Smithsonian email: buffj@si.edu.

Selected Publications

Wildt, D.E., Ellis, S., Janssen, D. and Buff, J. 2003. Toward more effective reproductive science for conservation In: Holt, W.V., Pickard, A.R., Roger, J.C. and Wildt, D.E., Reproductive Sciences and Integrated Conservation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.2-20.

Roth, T. L., Weiss, R. B., Buff, J. L., Bush, L. M., Wildt, David E. and Bush, R. Mitchell 1998. Heterologous in vitro fertilization and sperm capacitation in an endangered African antelope, the scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah). Biology of Reproduction, 58(2): 475-482.