About

Jessica on St. Paul campus

As director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, I bring an ecological perspective to big questions about people and the planet. 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 am particularly excited to be part of IonE as it celebrates 10 years as a solutions-focused scholarly community.

I also hold the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence as a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, my departmental home.

I am 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.

In my laboratory, we believe that decisions about global change must be informed by scientific understanding and public values. Therefore, we develop and deploy cutting-edge science to understand the changing natural world and work with a wide range of stakeholders to discover solutions to environmental change.

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

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