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Jessi Kershner, M.M.A.
Senior Scientist
Jessi is a Senior Scientist at EcoAdapt with over a decade of experience in climate change adaptation. She brings expertise in workshop design and facilitation, assessing vulnerabilities of natural resources and human communities to climate change, identifying and evaluating climate adaptation strategies, synthesizing complex information into diverse products, translating spatial information to facilitate decision-making, and communicating climate vulnerability and adaptation to diverse audiences. Jessi leads EcoAdaptís Awareness to Action program, which creates customized trainings and workshops to help organizations, agencies, and communities engage in climate adaptation planning and implementation. She created a vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning methodology that has been used in projects across the western United States, including California, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. Information from these projects has been incorporated into federal land management plans and projects, project NEPA analysis and response to EIS comments, State Wildlife Action Plan updates, city and county planning, meadow restoration guidelines, K-12 educator workshops, and community education and engagement efforts, among others. Jessi also supports EcoAdaptís State of Adaptation program by conducting interviews and writing case studies on climate adaptation in various sectors (e.g., natural resource management, public health). Jessi earned her Masterís degree in interdisciplinary marine science and policy from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree in Biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon where she spends her free time gardening, exploring rivers, hiking, and corralling two young kiddos.