Jessica J. Hellmann is the director of the Institute on the Environment and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on global change ecology and climate adaptation, and she was among the first to propose and study ways to reduce the impact of climate change through new techniques in conservation management.
She regularly counsels state and national governments on habitat management, restoration and endangered species conservation, and she has extended her work to human systems, including health, infrastructure, food and water. Hellmann is a frequent contributor to leading scientific journals such as Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, BioScience, and PLOS ONE.
She serves on the editorial board of the journal Evolutionary Applications, is an associate editor with both Conservation Biology and Elementa, and serves on committees for the Ecological Society of America, the College Board, and the National Academy of Sciences. She is also routinely called upon by leading media outlets to provide expert input on topics related to global change and ways to minimize adverse impacts to people and nature.