Jenny Aleman Zometa

Jenny Aleman-Zometa

Second Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering


Bio

Jenny Aleman-Zometa is an IoES doctoral student interested in urban and coastal ecosystems. She is currently working with Richard Ambrose analyzing how rocky intertidal and wetland habitats will change as a result of both sea level rise and coastal development. She is also working with Jon Christensen on a project investigating coastal access and beach-goer demographics. Drawing on her experience as an immigrant from El Salvador who grew up in central Los Angeles, she has a passion for engaging marginalized communities and bringing a diversity of perspectives to environmental issues.

Jenny loves Los Angeles and its urban ecosystem, such as the Peregrine Falcon that lives in Koreatown! She received her masters in Environmental Science from California State University Los Angeles studying rocky intertidal ecology with Carlos Robles. During her program she got an internship at NOAA that exposed her to the many environmental projects occurring in Los Angeles. Also while at CSULA, she had the opportunity to TA a variety of biology classes, an experience that taught her a lot about how we teach science, particularly in disadvantaged communities. This motivated her to also learn more about environmental science narratives and communication while at UCLA.

Projects

Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS is collaborating with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company, to produce immersive stories that bring new voices and new ideas into environmental reporting and that bring our faculty and student research into conversation with diverse public audiences. In our pilot year (2017-2018), the project will focus on California as a...

Feeling the Squeeze: A GIS Analysis of Rocky Intertidal Habitats

Rocky intertidal habitat is located at the land sea interface and supports a unique variety of species.  In southern California, often these habitats are closely backed by existing developments such as homes and businesses.  Based on the most recent sea level rise projections, these rocky intertidal habitats are in danger of disappearing in a process...