I am an associate professor at Northern Michigan University in beautiful Marquette, Michigan. I teach courses in public relations, new media and environmental responsibility. I am also the founder and director of the Northern Climate Network

Before moving to the Upper Peninsula, I spent five years (2007-2012) in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department at Colorado State University. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Utah in 2007.  I am also a trained facilitator and I have a graduate certificate in Adaptive Management of Environmental Systems from the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. 

In 2008, I published my first book, Interdisciplinary Research Team Dynamics: A Systems 
Approach to Understanding Communication and Collaboration in Complex Teams. My second book, an edited collection of chapters and case studies about place-based learning in America's National Parks will be published in 2020 and I'm currently writing my third book, a textbook for Environmental Campaign Design. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainability & Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation Planning 
  • Interdisciplinarity & Interdisciplinary Team Dynamics
  • Organizational Communication
  • Environmental Conflict Management
  • Group Decision Making
  • Strategic Communication & Planning
  • Science Communication
  • New Media Literacy

TEDx Let's Change the Way We Talk about Climate Change

Jessica Thompson,
Apr 2, 2019, 5:53 PM