Founder, Lonely Conservationists
Jessie is the founder of Lonely Conservationists, a global online community working to help conservationists thrive by providing a platform to be heard, employment pathways and a strong community foundation. In just one year, Lonely Conservationists has used authentic storytelling to bring together three thousand conservationists from across the globe. Together as a community, Jessie and her team of Lonely Conservationists have sparked a movement of collaboration, mental health awareness and empathy amongst the conservation industry.
Jessie holds an honours degree in ecology and environmental science and has worked on research projects from the behaviour of black lemurs in Madagascar to the spatial ecology of the critically endangered North Sumatran elephant and orangutan. With over a decade of conservation experience spanning seven equatorial countries, Jessie won an award for her research at the 2016 Conservation Asia conference in Singapore and was a Women in STEM Change-maker at the Catalysing Gender Equity Conference in 2020. When Jessie isn't trailblazing the forefront of conservationist well-being, she is involved in teaching sustainability programs to school students across Australia which focus on tangible behaviour changes to mitigate the impacts of landfill, native forest logging and bush fires.