Jill is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate in the Nicholas School, concentrating in coastal environmental management. Her focus lies in marine conservation and the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) internationally, with particular emphasis on ecosystem- and community-based approaches to management. Jill explores topics related to coral reef resilience, small-scale fisheries and the intersection of science and policy, and contributes to research at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
With an interdisciplinary background in science and communication, Jill views effective communication as an essential environmental management tool. Working previously as a writer and communicator for The Nature Conservancy and Xcel Energy’s renewable energy programs, she believes strong communication strategy is a key component of a project’s success, and strives to incorporate creative methods into her work and the broader scientific community.
Jill is a PADI Rescue Diver, and has conducted research throughout the Caribbean, studying coral reef ecology and marine management on the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis and Bonaire. When she’s not underwater, you can find her exploring the Rocky Mountains in her home state of Colorado, crossing the 54 “fourteeners” off her list. Jill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Strategic Communication from the University of Denver.