Jess was raised in Potsdam, NY and has the North Country in her blood. She left to explore the world, getting her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolution at Princeton University, and a masters degree and PhD at Columbia University. She has spent time studying tropical biology in Panama, zebra behavior in Kenya, and deforestation in Gabon. Happily, she has returned to her beloved North Country and wants to incorporate everything she’s learned abroad with how she now looks at the environment she grew up in. For the past 2 years she has been an adjunct instructor at St. Lawrence, teaching in Plaisance College in the First Year Program – Environmental Ethics and The Literature of the Local. Her future research focuses on environmental education and looking at conservation and restoration projects around the North Country. She serves on the board of the St. Lawrence Land Trust working toward conservation along the rivers in the North Country. When she’s not falling in love with teaching, she kayaks on the St. Lawrence River, and carries on her grandmother’s tradition of quilting.