Jess graduated from Western Michigan University in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology. Upon graduation, she served in AmeriCorps treating invasive plant species and restoring rivers in Northern Michigan with Huron Pines. Her passion for preservation and conservation continued as she worked for both the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology and Herbarium preparing incoming specimens and digitizing collections. At Matthaei-Nichols Jess will help maintain and develop the living plant collections and natural areas on a variety of projects. When not working Jess enjoys learning new crafts and obsessing over her pet hermit crabs.