Jess’s research is motivated by fundamental questions about the way we value environments and urgent questions regarding the equitable distribution of clean water in complex environments. In this vein, she is currently researching (1) ecosystem and biodiversity valuation in the European context, drawing on science & technology studies, ecological economics, and geography and (2) affordability in the human right to water in California, under drought, using insight from critical physical geography and data analysis for water policy. Jess conducts the latter research in collaboration with a former ERGie at the state level in California in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the Cal EPA. She has been lucky enough to secure funding from NSF GRFP, the Institute for European Studies, the Fernström Fellowship, the Graduate Division, and ERG to pursue this work. Jess loves teaching and has been a graduate student instructor for ER201 Interdisciplinary Analysis (2014), ER180 Ecological Economics in Historical Context (2015), and E157AC Engineering, The Environment & Society (2015, 2017). Jess’s background is in English literature (B.A. 2010) and environmental sciences & engineering (M.S. CEE 2015) at Berkeley. For non-research fun, Jess loves reading fiction, learning languages (spanish, french, german), running in Tilden, being a yogini, throwing ceramics, and exploring outside.
- Undergraduate thesis, Realizing and Imagining Aesthetic Bliss in Nabokov’s Lolita and Pale Fire
- Economism and Ecological Crisis
- Índices GEI para el uso del agua en la vivienda en México