My name is Jessica Reimer, and I am a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University, working with Dr. Jane Lubchenco. The goals of my degree are to develop and utilize ways to scale conservation and sustainable development efforts to make these efforts more effective and long-lasting. I am currently interested in findings ways to better link fisheries and food security in developing nations, potentially by studying social networks and how social dynamics affect the ability of fish to get to market or get to where it it most needed.
I recently completed my masters degree in coastal ecology with Dr. Sally Hacker and Dr. Bruce Menge, where I studied how different coastal ecosystems are connected through the movement of drift macroalgae and seagrass. However, my true passion lies in using science to inform conservation, management and policy.
Ironically, I am originally from the land-locked state of Utah, and could never let go of my deep love for the mountains. However, something about the ocean keeps drawing me back, and I am passionate about finding solutions to issues that endanger ocean health and human well-being. I want to work at the nexus of science, conservation and policy in an effort to address the complex socio-ecological issues we face as a society.