ENV 151 Introduction to Sustainability
ENV 294 Second Year Seminar
ENV 506 Earth Resources and Human Society
Jess is passionate about creating spaces in which everyone can find their place to contribute to creating a world where all can thrive and flourish. Jess’ professional and personal interests lie in building connections between disparate entities— between research and teaching; between the social and natural sciences; between individual activities and collective outcomes; between human society and our ecosystems; between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners; between trees and people. These connections are fundamental to the pursuit of a more unified and sustainable world. Specifically, Jess studies tree planting and care in cities (urban forestry) through the lens of social-ecological systems and sustainability science. Her research is rooted in the idea that we cannot study systems of nature without also studying the concentric social, economic, and institutional systems of people.
For the past several years, Jess’ research has focused on evaluating the outcomes of coproduction of the urban forest by nonprofit organizations and neighborhood groups. Her research with the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group (BUFRG) has been assessing planted tree survival and the social impacts of participation in tree planting in neighborhoods in 5 U.S. cities (Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and St. Louis; see project webpage )
More recently, Jess has been investigating the interdisciplinarity of urban forestry and environmental studies academic programs at institutions of higher education, and exploring the role of urban forests and urban forestry activities in the Anthropocene—the new, predominately urban geologic era in which human activities dominate not only human dynamics but also Earth’s biogeophysical processes.
Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group
See Jess's CV for a list of publications and professional society activities