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Jessica J. Lee was research assistant and project manager from 2020–2022.

Jessica is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author and environmental historian, and winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of two critically-acclaimed works of nature writing: Turning (Virago, 2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (Virago, 2019). She has written (and presented) for The Guardian, The TLS, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, The Independent, The Telegraph, and many others, and is passionate about forging connections between broad audiences and academic research in the environmental humanities through literature, journalism, and media. 

Jessica holds a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Studies and International Development from the University of King's College (Canada) and an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies from The London Consortium/Birkbeck. She completed her PhD at York University (Canada) in 2016, working on the environmental history of Hampstead Heath. She was Writer-in-Residence and a research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology in Berlin from 2017–2018, and is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review, a nature writing journal platforming the works of writers of colour. She writes a column on plant histories and migration for Catapult.

Visit Jessica's website here.