Jessica specializes in landscape ecology, conservation planning, terrestrial species, GIS, remote sensing and habitat modeling. Her current research interests focus on how to optimize biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human uses in landscapes for long term sustainability.
Jessica’s work at WWF addresses issues of habitat loss, fragmentation and climate change through landscape planning, analysis, and monitoring. She has worked extensively on spatial planning for the protection of threatened mammals, including Asian tigers, Asian snow leopards, and elephants. In addition to this work, Jessica developed and implemented a curriculum in conservation GIS that has been used in Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, India, Cambodia, and the United States. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in conservation biology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science & policy from Duke University.