Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Jessica Heckman is a doctoral student in environment and sustainability at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability interested in coastal resilience. She is interested in how people interact with their coasts and how these interactions change in the face of a changing climate. Jessica graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science with a focus in geology and hopes to apply her background marine science together with her research on the social dimensions of coastal resilience to learn how to effectively plan for changing coastlines and increased coastal threats.
Jessica is a fellow with the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science at UCLA and is actively involved with the K-12 outreach team, helping to create science demonstrations and lessons for students in the Greater Los Angeles area.