Jessica examines how human containment of the land effects non-human species. Her science research interests are plant/arthropod interactions at a landscape level, vegetation succession in restoration, and fire intensity metrics. As part of her artwork, she has investigated apple breeding, bumblebee foraging, and native bee habitat with scientists at Cornell University and University of Nevada, Reno.
She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Reed Foundation, Metabolic Studios, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. Her artwork has been highlighted by KCET, KCRW, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, Smithsonian Magazine, among others.
Her ten year survey Fruiting Bodies at the Stuart Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens included educational programming and projects around native bee habitat. a better nectar, a exhibition based on the symbiosis between bumblebees and the plants they pollinate, premiered at the University Art Museum at CSU-Long Beach and traveled to the Gillespie Science Museum and The College of New Jersey. Jessica is an Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA. She received her B.A. in Sociology from University of Missouri and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.