Jessica Peak, MSc
Treasurer/Secretary & Faculty
Conservation Professional Development
School & Community Learning Gardens
Plant Science & Ethnobotany Working Group
Botanist/Project Manager, Storrer environmental services - Biological consulting & Environmental compliance
MSc, Conservation Biology
San Francisco State University
BSc, Botany & Environmental Biology
Humboldt State University
Background and Research Interests
My background is primarily in the field of environmental consulting. I have over ten years of experience as a professional botanist in California. My work consists of biological and botanical resources surveys such as focused surveys for rare, threatened, and/or endangered plant and wildlife species, native plant restoration design and implementation, conservation and mitigation strategies, habitat assessments, and invasive species management. I first studied ethnobotany in the tropics in 2005 and have been involved in tropical ecology and conservation ever since.
My research interests include native species restoration and conservation, sustainable agriculture, plant taxonomy and systematics, tropical forest ecology, invasive species ecology, environmental education, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, traditional ecological knowledge, plants of spiritual significance, wild and traditional foods, community empowerment, and global environmental politics.
I have taught both introductory and general botany courses to undergraduate and community college students. I was a general botany instructor at College of San Mateo, in San Mateo, California, which was a year-long teaching partnership awarded by the Community College Biology Faculty Enhancement through Scientific Teaching (CCBFEST) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, I taught an introductory botany course for non-biology majors at San Francisco State University for two years.