Ziyan (Jessica) Chu is a GIS Programmer at First Street Foundation. Using her background in environmental economics and natural resource policy, she contributes to the improvement of the processes utilized in the creation of the data and map layers displayed on FloodiQ.com.
Before joining First Street, Jessica was a Research Associate and GIS Coordinator at Resources for the Future for 7 years, where she gained extensive experience and expertise managing and analyzing GIS data for research projects related to the impact of shale gas booming on water quality, traffic accidents, ecosystem services evaluation, energy efficiency, tropical forest deforestation, natural disaster risks, and more.
Jessica holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Yale University and a master’s degree in Ecology from Zhejiang University in China. She has co-authored several publications in top journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Environmental Science & Technology.