Jessica Crawford, MS-A

Jessica Crawford

CSUS - Social drivers of renewable energy within West Michigan's coastal communities

Hometown: West Olive, MI

Advisor: Doug Bessette

Jessica was born in Mount Vernon, Washington and spent her childhood on the Pacific coast. She has since lived in West Olive, Michigan. Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University in 2017. During her time at GVSU, she did several research projects related to resource assessment of renewable energy. One of these projects resulted in the development of a road map to 100% renewable energy for a small island chain off the coast of Africa called Cape Verde. Another involved analysis of the economic and environmental feasibility of willow biomass production at GVSU's organic farm.

Following graduation, Jessica was employed at the Ottawa Conservation District as an Invasive Species Specialist for two years. She worked with private landowners in West Michigan to manage invasive plant and insect species that are designated as high priority by the State of Michigan.

Jessica is now a full-time master’s student in the Community Sustainability program. She works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Bessette as well as a Recycling Student Assistant at Michigan State University's Material Recovery Facility. Jessica enjoys visiting local breweries, wineries, and cideries and spending time with her beloved cat Pumpkin.

Published Paper: Nordman, E., Barrenger, A., Crawford, J., McLaughlin, J., Wilcox, C. 2019. Options for achieving Cape Verde's 100% renewable electricity goal: a review. Island Studies Journal. 14(1): 41-58.