Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross

“Our lakes are vital natural resources that provide amazing opportunities for conservation, recreation, and stewardship. Together, we can build our community and ensure access to these important resources.”

Jessica Ross

Watershed Engagement Specialist

Jessica joined Clean Lakes Alliance in 2021 as a Watershed Engagement Specialist. She will support Renew the Blue Volunteer Days, water quality monitoring, and other volunteer efforts.

Before joining Clean Lakes Alliance, Jessica worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Department of Soil Science, where she managed research focused on nutrient cycling in agricultural systems. Jessica has also worked at the University of Wisconsin-Arboretum as their first coordinator of citizen science programs. There she led monitoring programs for birds, insects, fungi, invasive species, and water quality.

Prior to her ventures in Madison, Jessica was a member of Chicago’s ecological community. She received her M.S. in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and conducted research on the microbial diversity of soils. In Chicago, Jessica worked on a variety of research and engagement projects at the Field Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden, on topics ranging from pollinator habitat to prairie restoration. Through all these projects, Jessica has remained passionate about connecting others to the land, increasing equitable access to nature, and mentoring students in STEM.

In her free time, Jessica likes to explore across the watershed and beyond, by biking, hiking, or paddling. She also enjoys gardening, experimenting with new cooking projects, and is an active member of the Madison Mycological Society.

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