Jacob is the Environmental Programme Manager for the Sir Peter Blake Trust. He manages the Blake Ambassador and Environmental Educator programmes and is coordinating the science communication and outreach for the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Earth Science at Massey University and his Master of Science in Geology at the University of Otago, where he held an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award. He is currently a Sir Robin Irvine Scholar and is undertaking his PhD at the University of Otago. His research focuses on past Antarctic climate and ice sheet behaviour. He has participated in five scientific expeditions to Antarctica and has been on two expeditions to the Auckland Islands as part of the Department of Conservation yellow-eyed penguin monitoring programme and on the 2016 Young Blake Expedition.