Welcome Jessica Forrest, new SE

Submitted by editor on 1 September 2017.

We are very happy to welcome Jessica Forrest, University of Ottawa, Canada to our editorial board. Get to know her in my interview below and visit her website https://forrestlab.wordpress.com/

What's you main research focus at the moment?

Population ecology and life histories of wild bees, in natural habitats and agricultural landscapes. My lab is also trying to understand the drivers of floral specialization in solitary bees.

Can you describe your research career? 

I completed my PhD in 2011 at the University of Toronto (Canada) under the supervision of James D. Thomson. After a post-doc with Neal Williams at the University of California, Davis, I began a faculty position at the University of Ottawa in 2013. Much of my current field work takes place at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (Colorado, USA)—a global hotspot of pollination ecology, and the site of much of my doctoral research. My students and I also conduct field work in the temperate forests and agricultural lands around Ottawa.

How come that you became a scientist in ecology?

I have always loved nature and wanted to have a career that would help motivate and inform conservation (while allowing me to spend time outside, interacting with other species). The preference for interacting with other species makes me not a very good activist, but I do love figuring out how organisms live their lives and passing on that knowledge to others….which, I hope, benefits conservation.

What do you do when you're not working?

Eat and sleep! Also go on hikes with my dog, and do yoga (with or without the dog).