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Jennifer M. Martin

Jennifer M. Martin
Professor of Biology 

Thomas Nelson Community College

What inspires me:
“The wide diversity of students I encounter — how their willingness to learn acts as the common ground that equalizes, and most frequently, unites them.”

Jennifer M. Martin

Jennifer M. Martin serves as professor of biology at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. Since joining the faculty in 2005, she has taught 15 different courses, primarily in the fields of biology and oceanography. 

As a marine scientist and ichthyologist specializing on the taxonomy and evolution of oceanic fishes, she integrates her professional experiences as an international researcher into her teaching to engage students in active, inquiry-based learning opportunities, locally and abroad. She has led Thomas Nelson students on tropical ecology study-abroad courses in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and field experiences in marine science throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s Atlantic coast. Martin strives to enhance students’ global literacy by teaching her courses in a diverse, global framework. 

Martin has presented seminars and programs on topics ranging from deep-sea fishes to international service projects to a variety of community groups including K-12 classes, public libraries, and local Rotary and Shrine club meetings. Additionally, Martin routinely shares her research and pedagogy related to successful practices in undergraduate education with colleagues at local, national and international professional and societal meetings. 

She has received teaching and research awards including the Virginia Community College System’s Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship and the Spirit of Thomas Nelson Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching. Martin received her Ph.D. from William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, a M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut, and a B.S. in biology from Old Dominion University. She lives in her hometown of Norfolk with her husband and two young children. 

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