Jessica Hellman

Jessica Hellman
  • University of Minnesota
  • Director, Institute on the Environment
  • Affiliation During NDIAS Fellowship: University of Notre Dame
  • Residential Fellow (2011-2012)
  • “Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Ecosystems in an Era of Human Culpability”

Jessica Hellmann is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Her research spans several fields, including ecology, conservation biology, genomic biology, environmental policy, and scientific literacy.

She is the author of more than 35 scholarly journal articles and her research on the ecological impacts of climate change and her ideas about management strategies for biodiversity under climate change have been published in leading scientific journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesConservation Biology, and Ecology. She is an active interdisciplinary collaborator and works currently with computer scientists, legal scholars, political scientists, and sociologists. Recently, she convened an international group of scholars, funded by private foundations and the National Science Foundation (NSF), to make policy recommendations on a new conservation strategy called managed relocation. She also was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the NSF to establish an interdisciplinary research program on this topic, one of three grants she has received from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is the recipient of numerous grants for her research on climate change from other prestigious organizations and agencies including the U.S. Department of the Interior, The National Park Service, The Cedar Tree Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Professor Hellman was the recipient of a Career Enhancement Award from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation in 2006. Most recently, she was elected as a Fellow to the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame (2010) and was appointed as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow for mid-career environmental scientists (2011).