Jess is from the Great White North, Toronto Ontario Canada. Although she misses it dearly, she has grown rather fond of the California sun. She came to Stanford in 2007 to work with Rosemary Knight in her Environmental Geophysics group to study hydrogeophysics. Since completing her degree she has continued on as a Postdoc in the Environmental Geophysics group.
Jess is interested in using geophysical methods to better understand hydrogeology. Her current research involves using surface deformation measurements from Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data to provide information about the water table levels in underlying aquifer systems. Jess's field site is in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, just north of the Colorado-New Mexico border. The San Luis Valley is a large agricultural center for the state of Colorado, and withdrawal of groundwater is heavily regulated. The local water agency decided to create a groundwater flow model to better understand the time varying behavior of the aquifer system. However, the model is not able to accurately predict changes in the water table levels due to a dearth of data. Jess will be working to see if InSAR data, which is both spatially and temporally dense, can provide the extra information needed to constrain the model.