Jenn Simons

jksimons2@wisc.edu

A Nebraska native, Jenn grew up in the heart of rural America. While attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a BA in both Environmental Studies and Sociology, she spent time studying international environmental development in Norway and farming systems in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Upon graduation she pursued her interests in agroecology by working on small-scale, diversified vegetable farms, serving as an AmeriCorps member for a non-profit gleaning program, removing invasive species as a natural resources specialist for the Toledo Metroparks, and assisting farmers as an Organic Certification Specialist.

Jenn is particularly interested in applying her background in agroecology with the design and restoration skills found in restoration ecology. Her research looks at the impact of grazing (bison, in particular) on plant communities and structure in restored and remnant tallgrass prairies.