Jessica on St. Paul campus

Ecolab Chair for Environmental Leadership and Director, Institute on the Environment
Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

As director of the Institute on the Environment, I bring an ecological perspective to big questions about people and the planet. My scholarship embraces the ideas at the very core of IonE: that we can discover creative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems when we work at the intersection of academic disciplines and collaborate with decision-makers and the public.  I study how climate change is affecting living things and what we can do to reduce the negative impacts to live healthy, happy and sustainable lives. 

I’m also a faculty fellow in the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and a member of the graduate faculty of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Conservation Sciences program of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. And I am honored to serve on the board of directors of several organizations that moving the needle on science and sustainability.

Read more about my background and interests here and read some of my recent scholarly work here.

Listen to me say “hello” care of NPR’s Joe Palca.

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