Jessica earned a B.S. in Environmental Sciences as well as a B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Environments and Sustainability from the University of Virginia. During her undergraduate career, Jessica’s research was focused broadly on the response of coastal wetlands and coastal communities to rising sea-levels. As a graduate student pursuing her M.S. in Ecology, Jessica is using Trimble GPS survey equipment and GIS data to quantify mainland salt-marsh response to sea-level rise at the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER (VCR-LTER). Her research is also focused on establishing a basic understanding of relationships between various geomorphological factors of VCR-LTER mainland salt-marshes and the ability of these salt-marshes to persist as sea-levels rise.