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Jessica Kleiss

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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I came to Lewis and Clark after a postdoc at the University of Washington with the Joint Institute for Studies of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) where I studied the influence of the Gulf Stream on satellite observations of wind velocity over the ocean. My dissertation work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography investigated wave breaking in the deep ocean. We evaluated the kinematics (motion) and dynamics (energy and momentum) of whitecaps in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, off the Pacific coast of Southern Mexico. 


At Lewis and Clark, I am teaching the core courses within the Environmental Studies department: 

ENVS 220: Environmental Analysis
ENVS 330: Situating Environmental Problems and Solutions

I will also be introducing a new Climate Science course: 

GEOL 170: Climate Science

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2009 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, B.S. 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology,B.S. 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Jessica Kleiss Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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