Jessica Chappell: Integrative Conservation PhD Student

News Date: 

Sunday, October 19, 2014


This month's spotlight features Jess, a former Aquatic Bio and Spanish double major who's now diving into the rivers of Puerto Rico on her quest to save the environment.

Jess, on taking risks:

"But the most important thing I learned from this was that you should just try. Try for everything. I almost didn’t apply [to UC LEADS], because I wasn’t sure that I was what they were looking for. But I took a chance, did the application, and I got to be a part of the program. And I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Afterward, I had a friend at UCSB who wanted to go on a research trip to Antarctica. He wasn’t going to apply because he didn’t think he’d be accepted, he’d have to find a letter of rec…lots of excuses. I told him to apply because you never know, and four months later he was on a research cruise to Antarctica! It was awesome!"

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Jess has invited students to contact her via LinkedIn with questions about the field and for advice on how to use your time at UCSB to prepare for a career in ecology. Requests to look over student resumes or to discuss your chances of getting into the field will not be responded to.

Jessica Chappell

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Editor: Brandilyn Gilbert, Academic Advisor