Jessica (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) working under the supervision of Dr. Navin Ramankutty. At WCEL she will be working with Staff Lawyer Deborah Carlson looking at “Agricultural land use regulations in the context of Indigenous food security."
Jessica has over seven years work experience in agricultural and environmental research in the development sector in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South America. Prior to starting her PhD program, she worked with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a research and development organization part of the CGIAR whose mission is to transform food systems that build on agrobiodiversity and improve resilience and livelihoods.
Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She completed her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya.