Jessica joined the Ecotoxicology Program at the NWFSC in October 2015 as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate. Her previous research experience includes laboratory and field work, multivariate statistics, project management, and outreach efforts. Jessica earned a Ph.D. in Biology (2015) with a focus in environmental toxicology from the University of Washington for her work optimizing trace analytic tools to monitor environmental contaminants in marine (killer whale) and terrestrial (caribou, moose, and wolf) wildlife species across broad geographic landscapes using scat samples. Jessica also received a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology (2006) from the University of Minnesota for her work evaluating cancer risk in production facility workers exposed to perfluorinated compounds, and worked for 6 years as an environmental epidemiologist. Her overall research goals are to use science to better understand the individual health and population-level effects of toxics in our environment, and to promote conservation goals to keep our marine and terrestrial environments healthy.
Jessica's current research focus is to investigate the impacts of toxic insults on salmon populations, and apply a predictive modeling tool to identify populations at increased risk from toxic stormwater in urban watersheds.