From Syracuse, N.Y., Jess graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Freshwater and Marine Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, obtaining an M.S. in Environment and Resources along the way. Her work involves data processing, visualization, and analysis of wetland gas fluxes measured with the eddy covariance technique using MATLAB, at sites in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida. She maintains a blog, definearth, that educates the public about important environmental issues that are applicable to their lives in a clear and concise way. Jess has a harlequin ghost boa constrictor named Genesis.