M.S. in Zoology, University of New Hampshire
B.A. in Biology, Earlham College
... is a herpetologist currently working as a collection manager at the Sam Noble Museum and as adjunct faculty with the University of Oklahoma. Her current research involves amphibian infectious disease and conservation strategies for tracking and managing both captive and wild Texas Horned Lizards, while also mentoring several undergraduate researchers on their own projects each semester. Jessa has a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College and an M.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, and she is an author on over 30 peer-reviewed publications. In January 2024, Jessa returned to Project Dragonfly after a ~10 year hiatus; previously she has taught Conservation Science & Community, Issues in Biodiversity, Issues in Evolution, Master's Capstone, and Baja: Field Methods. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and camping, and having adventures with her daughter.