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Jennifer Niemann, M.S., Research Analyst, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science

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Jennifer Niemann, M.S.

Jennifer Niemann is a research analyst at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science, where she studies adaptive responses to climate change risks. Niemann was well-prepared for her career after earning her master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Kansas School of Medicine while also working as a graduate research assistant.

Niemann grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, and studied statistics and economics at Marshall University before coming to KU Medical Center in 2017. She said it was while she was at Marshall that she realized she wanted a career that combined her interest in statistics and medicine.

“Growing up, I was always interested in health and medicine. But I gravitated towards statistics and economics in college,” Niemann said. “It was then that I was introduced to the field of biostatistics, a field that perfectly combines my love of health-related research and statistics.”

She added that the skills she honed at KU Medical Center have helped her immensely in her current work.

“Basic statistics, data cleaning and manipulation, data visualization, R, and SAS programming are all skills I use every day in my climate science career that were strengthened through my time at KU.”

At her position at the University of Miami, Niemann conducts statistical analyses while researching community climate change risk adaptation methods and perceptions. Her research is usually focused on the aspects of migration as a result of climate change impacts and floodplain development and management, both through the lens of climate and racial justice.

“I get to research and communicate with some of the most brilliant climate scientists in the world,” Niemann said. “It’s rewarding to work on so many fascinating projects dealing with climate change impacts, adaptation efforts and climate and racial justice initiatives.”

Niemann said she has long been fascinated by the topic of climate change, but there weren’t many options when she started college to focus just on that.

“I’m thankful that my path through biostatistics and the versatility of my degree has allowed me to end up in the field I’m in now,” Niemann said. “I think this is a reminder that a background in statistics can open many unexpected and fulfilling doors.”

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