Jennifer Ress earned both a master’s and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Bowling Green State University where her dissertation focused on the ecology of aerial algae. Prior to her dissertation work, she was part of a research team documenting and describing the algal species within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. Jennifer continues to study the taxonomy and ecology of freshwater algae, most recently focusing on algal community structure in vernal pools in California’s Central Valley. Her research on algal taxonomy and ecology has been published in various scientific journals. In addition to research, Jennifer teaches with Project Dragonfly and the Virtual College at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Jennifer lives in Batavia, Illinois, with her husband and children where she enjoys gardening and hiking.