About Jessica

Bio

Jessica has extensive interdisciplinary training as both an engineer (civil, environmental, and nuclear) and a biologist. After cycling across Alaska with her dog and working as a ski lift operator, she got her PhD in nuclear engineering studying the fractal geometry of engineered and natural systems. For the past decade she has researched microbial systems in a variety of habitats including the arctic, the tropics, the ocean, the atmosphere, and the urban sphere. She was founding faculty at UC Merced, the tenth and newest campus of the University of California system. She is currently CTO and co-founder of Phylagen Inc., a data harvesting company that uses microbiome sequencing technology to optimize the health performance of buildings. She is also professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute. Jessica enjoys collaborating with artists and designers to explore and convey key concepts about microorganisms to their human hosts.

Languages

English

Education

  • UCLA; Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1987 - 1992
  • UC Berkeley; Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1982 - 1994
  • UC Berkeley; Nuclear Engineering, 1996 - 2001

Job Titles

CTO, Co-Founder, Associate Professor, PhD

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Microbiome dream team @Jp_odwyer @stevenkembel @tjsharpton: Backbones of evo-history test diversity theory 4 microbes http://t.co/u1KMhCHMaD
29 Jun

About Jessica Green’s work

Buildings are complex ecosystems that house trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with their environment. The vision of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, located at the University of Oregon, is to develop hypothesis-driven, evidence-based approaches to understand the "built environment microbiome". We are training a new generation of innovators and practitioners at the architecture-biology interface. Our goal is to optimize the design and operation of buildings to promote both human health and environmental sustainability.

Companies and organizations

Phylagen Inc., Biology and Built Environment Center, University of Oregon, Santa Fe Institute

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Biology and Built Environment Center

Jan. 09, 2010 - Jan. 09, 2015

Buildings are complex ecosystems that house trillions of diverse microorganisms interacting with each other, with humans, and with their environment. The vision of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, located at the University of Oregon, is to develop hypothesis-driven, evidence-based approaches to understand the "built environment microbiome". We are training a new generation of innovators and practitioners at the architecture-biology interface. Our goal is to optimize the design and operation of buildings to promote both human health and environmental sustainability.

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Tiny Shiny

Jan. 01, 2011 - Jan. 01, 2012

An artbook about science? A science book about art? A horror story with very small characters? The Tiny Shiny is a collaborative effort with Microbial Ecologist Jessica Green and Artist Steve Green, and tells the grisly tale of the world of the invisible. Making up the bulk of life on the planet, but invisible to the naked eye- microbes are everywhere. They define our health - and our identity. But can they survive the winter at the Overlook Hotel?

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Talk Derby to Me

Sep. 26, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2012

In "Talk Derby to Me" a scientist and two filmmakers will look at what the human microbiome can teach us about being human. Through the film, a roller derby team will take us from the macro to the micro, into worlds that have rarely, if ever been seen before. What unites us and evens our collective playing field may be the smallest, and most unexpected elements living in and on our bodies.

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Jessica Green on the TED blog

Global Issues

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

April 8, 2014

What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years. This rainbow visualization was created using MAPPR, a cloud-based network mapping tool that Eric Berlow demoed during TED2014. It allows anyone to make shareable, interactive network […]

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