Jessica C. (Jess) Whitehead, Ph.D. is Sea Grant's coastal communities hazards adaptation specialist.
She develops outreach programs for decision makers along the North Carolina coast that provide them with tailored, decision-relevant information about the impacts of climate variability and long-term climate change on coastal areas.
Her current efforts include conducting a needs assessment for potential information users that will help Sea Grant determine what decision-makers need to understand about climate.
She is also developing a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) fact sheets designed to answer decision-makers’ questions about climate science and the impacts of climate variability and change at a general audience level, available online.
Whitehead received her Ph.D. in geography in 2009 and her and her M.S. in meteorology in 2003 from the Pennsylvania State University and her B.S. in physics with a concentration in meteorology from the College of Charleston in 2000.
E-mail: j_whitehead [at] ncsu [dot] edu
Promoting climate change awareness and adaptive planning in Atlantic fisheries communities. seri-us.org/content/fisheries-and-climate