Jessica Gephart '11

Jessica GephartWashington, DC
B.A. in Zoology and Environmental Science
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Jessica Gephart is a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC. Jessica researches how environmental change disrupts food systems. Using case studies, her work examines the local to global impacts of shocks to seafood production, with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve resilience within the increasingly globalized food system.

After graduating from Miami University, Jessica attended the University of Virginia, where she was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and received her doctorate in environmental sciences. Her research is influenced by the interdisciplinary coursework and research experiences at Miami University, as well as her time abroad at the University of Ghana, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Beyond research, Jessica has continued political engagement since her time in Miami University College Democrats by working on campaigns, organizing local political forums and advocating for science funding.


Hometown: Findlay, Ohio

High School: Findlay High School

First-year residence hall: Tappan

Favorite place to eat on campus? By the pond in Conrad Formal Gardens

Favorite thing to order at Bagel & Deli? Earth Day

Were you involved with student organizations? If so, which ones? College Democrats and Alpha Epsilon Phi

Did you study abroad? Yes, at the University of Ghana

Favorite place to study? Brill Science Library

Has a Miami alum opened any doors for you? Not yet, but I continue to meet alumni doing amazing work around D.C.

What Miami moment most influenced or continues to influence your life today and how/why? Getting involved in research early on set me my current career path.

Favorite quote? “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barack Obama

Memorable Miami concert, guest lecturer, etc? I stumbled on a Ben Lee concert at Shriver. The audience was tiny, but he had such a great stage presence that made it really memorable.

Favorite Miami tradition? Living in Stoddard Hall gave me a front row seat to watch everyone avoid stepping on the seal.

What do you miss most about Miami? The proximity to trails and natural areas for running and short hikes.

What advice would you give to the incoming first-year students of the Class of 2021? Take every class you find interesting. Now is a great time to explore new ideas and you never know what combination will inspire you in the future.