Dr. Jessica L’Roe

Assistant Professor of Geography, Middlebury College


McCardell Bicentennial Hall 636

Dr. Jessica L’Roe joined the Geography Department at Middlebury in 2016. She is a Human-Environment Geographer studying land use and landscape change, primarily in tropical forest regions undergoing rapid development. The underlying question driving her work is “How do we share the earth, with each other, and with the wild multitude of nonhuman beings?” Her research focuses on informing conservation policy and aiding efforts to make conservation programs more equitable and effective. She currently conducts research in the Amazon Basin and the highlands of East Africa and previously worked on land conservation issues in her native state of North Carolina. Jess earned a Ph.D. in Geography, an M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, and a M.Sc. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At home, she enjoys natural history, gardening, and reading stories with her husband and two young sons.