Originally from Rhode Island, Jessica earned her B.A. in Psychobiology with a minor in Spanish from Arcadia University in 2003.
Since then she has spent almost two and a half years living and working in the small Central West African nation of
Equatorial Guinea, first as a field research assistant to a PhD project examining the bushmeat trade, and then as the
field station coordinator for the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. There she fostered her passion for conservation
and acquired a wide array of experience in that field, from conservation research to management, planning, and education.
She also photo-documented much of her work and the wealth of biodiversity around her.
Upon returning to the US in 2008, Jessica spent a year working and volunteering for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island as an
animal care intern, and as an educator, teaching field and outreach programs about nature and the environment. She is now working
as a Science Comminications Intern for the San Francisco Bay Area Network Inventory and Monitoring Program.