As director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Jessica Hellmann bring an ecological perspective to big questions about people and the planet. Her scholarship embraces the ideas at the very core the institute: that we can discover creative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems when we work at the intersection of academic disciplines and collaborate with decision-makers and the public. She studies how climate change is affecting living things and what people can do to reduce the negative impacts to live healthy, happy, and sustainable lives. Jessica is also a faculty fellow in the university’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and a member of the graduate faculty of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the conservation sciences program of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences. She serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including The Great Plains Institute, The Science Museum of Minnesota, and Climate Generation, that are moving the needle on science and sustainability.