Jenny Aleman-Zometa is an IoES doctoral student in the residency phase of the program. She is currently the Program Director for the Los Angeles River State Park Partners (LARSPP). LARSPP is the official cooperative association for the three State Parks along the Los Angeles River: Rio de Los Angeles State Park, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and the Bowtie Parcel. With LARSPP, Jenny is helping California State Parks’ to better serve their surrounding communities through programming, advocacy, and research.
For her dissertation, she is studying ecological restoration efforts along the Los Angeles River with Dr. Richard Ambrose. These restoration projects are a key component of plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River and directly impact its adjacent State Parks. Jenny is interested in combining urban ecology and the public’s perception of urban ecological issues.