Department of Geography & GIS
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Candelaria Hall 2200B
Campus Box 115
Greeley, Colorado 80639
Jessica is a broadly trained geographer who uses geospatial techniques to investigate how humans influence the natural environment. She earned her B.A. in Geography from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her M.A. in Geography from Appalachian State University. Jessica will receive her PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University in December 2013. Her dissertation research focused on developing geospatial methods and tools to map the location and condition of riparian ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains.
Jessica is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and has many years of experience in the GIS industry where she applied her knowledge to water resources, natural resources development, environmental science, rural health, and conservation projects. In addition to her dissertation research, Jessica is developing new geospatial tools and methods to interpret patterns in natural gas concentrations that are detected by moving vehicles and employing GIS to understand how privately conserved lands contribute to publicly protected lands in Colorado.
In her spare time, she can be found outside, either gardening in her backyard or running, biking or hiking through the mountains.