Role at AK CASC: Deputy University Director
Group: Directors, Leadership, and Management Team
Dr. Jessica Garron is the deputy university director of the AK CASC and a research assistant faculty member at the International Arctic Research Center. She works with a broad spectrum of scientists, agency partners and industry representatives to apply science-based solutions to decision-making.
Garron received her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Maine, followed by her M.S. in Biology (molecular) and her PhD in Remote Sensing in Decision-Making from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Garron was the NEPA coordinator for over two million acres of military-held lands in Alaska, has led teams of engineers to develop streamlined data processing and distribution software for satellite-collected data, and has performed oil-in-ice research for the last decade.
She was formerly the Science Team Lead for the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) and a Senior Science Consultant for the UAF Vice Chancellor of Research, where she coordinated and conducted oil spill research on behalf of UAF.
Jessica’s primary work identifies remote sensing and UAS technological solutions to scientific and operational problems focused in the circumpolar Arctic, and to operate as a knowledge broker of those solutions.