Dr. Jenna V. Congdon was born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. She obtained her BSc (hons., cum laude) at Algoma University where she was supervised by Dr. David R. Brodbeck (honours project) and Dr. Laurie L. Bloomfield (NSERC USRA). She then went on to earn her MSc at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Christopher B. Sturdy (NSERC CGS-M) in the Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory. Jenna defended her dissertation obtaining a PhD in summer 2019 (NSERC CGS-D). She has since taught at the University of Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton as a sessional instructor and conducted research for Dr. Marcia Spetch. In 2021, Jenna joined Toronto Zoo and York University, in collaboration with EAIGLE Inc., as a postdoctoral fellow (Mitacs Accelerate/Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy & NSERC PDF) working on training artificial intelligence to monitor zoo animals and investigate orangutan cognition.
Most recently, Jenna has settled in at Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) as an Assistant Professor, teaching courses and establishing her own lab, further involved with zoos and conservation areas, and studying both urban and wild animal populations.