Jess is a registered professional biologist and Research Coordinator at Firelight. She works with the Ecology team, providing support for the design and implementation of research projects, field data collection, data analysis and writing. Passionate about applied science, Jess has contributed to research on the status of species at risk in Canada, the historical diets of forage fish and juvenile Pacific salmon in the Strait of Georgia, and the status of shellfish aquaculture science in British Columbia. Her work with the Firelight Group has focused on community-led research on culturally important species, the protection of species at risk, and the application of Indigenous knowledge in natural resource management. Jess enjoys working with communities to integrate Indigenous knowledge and ecological studies to find better ways of monitoring ecosystem health.
Jess holds a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria. Her Master’s research focused on the intertidal deposition, food provision, and commercial harvesting of a non-indigenous seaweed on the east coast of Vancouver Island. While completing her Master’s Jess had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholder groups, including the local community, commercial harvesters, government regulators, and other scientists.