Jorge Brenner is the associate director of marine science for The Nature Conservancy in Texas. Now a key member of Gulf of Mexico program, Jorge’s passion for the Gulf began at an early age. Raised in Veracruz, Mexico, along the Gulf coast, Jorge took his first scuba lesson 21 years ago and instantly became "fascinated in the world beneath the water," he says. "I’ve always had a close connection to the coast."
Soon thereafter, he decided to pursue marine science as a career. Jorge earned his bachelor’s in biochemical engineering and aquatic resources, and a master’s in environmental engineering from the Monterrey Technology Institute University. He earned his Ph.D. in marine sciences from Catalonia Polytechnic University in Barcelona, Spain, where he conducted research in the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to joining TNC in January 2010, Jorge worked for Pronatura, an environmental non-profit and TNC partner in Mexico, and for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, where he worked on international marine research for Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S.
Since joining TNC in 2011, Jorge has led the conservation and sustainability science in Texas. He was one of 15 people who took part in a National Academy of Science Committee Gulf Oil Spill Study on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on ecosystem services in the Gulf. To Jorge, restoration in the Gulf of Mexico means that it can perform its self-maintaining functions, while providing a healthy stream of benefits to people.