Projects: Jessica's work at Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) includes stream habitat mapping, hook and line sampling to collect genetic and
pathology samples, salmonid redd surveys, rotary screw trapping and photonic marking of fish, collection and identification of benthic macro-invertebrates
and fish through snorkel, drift, and Hess sampling, Chinook otolith and tissue collection to assess the benefits of restoration work, stomach content analysis
using genetic and visual identification techniques, and field experiments to test the benefit of floodplain rearing for juvenile Chinook salmon. She has also
worked in collaboration with CFS and USFWS through Kodiak trawling and seining for the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring program.
Background: Prior to joining CFS, she worked as a fisheries technician living in remote Alaska where she conducted Chinook salmon escapement
estimates on the Copper River using scientific fish wheels, and as a field technician working with endangered Southern steelhead on the Santa Ynez River in
Southern California. While earning her B.S. from University of California, Santa Barbara, Jessica literally dove into multiple research opportunities including
studying kelp forest ecology, underwater biodiversity surveys on Southern California oilrigs, and distribution surveys on marine gastropods in the Channel Islands
after El Nino through SCUBA diving. She also worked aboard a research vessel in the Sargasso Sea studying gyres and surveyed Hawksbill turtle nesting sites in Maui.
Personal: Jessica's appreciation for wilderness conservation and affinity for adventure is shown through her involvement with the Surfrider Foundation
and the Sierra Club, being an active hiker, surfer, free diver, competitive outrigger canoe paddler, dog mom, and recreational mermaid. Her personality and abilities
reflects her diverse background being raised on a farm in Northern California, migrating to the Sierras where her family raised and rode endurance horses, travelled to
the Northern California coast and Mexico to fish, then central coast where she found her love for surfing and diving, then to the Hawaiian islands for 9 years where she
refined herself as a waterwoman and found a deep appreciation for native cultures.