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.