Jessica Western
Director Collaboration Program, Ruckelshaus Institute UW

Jessica Western (formerly Clement) is Senior Research Scientist in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources and Director of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources in the Ruckelshaus Institute of the University of Wyoming. As Director of the Collaboration Program, she has designed this six session collaborative leadership program that runs during the course of a year and provides training to natural resource professionals in collaborative problem-solving, facilitation and leadership skills specifically related to natural resource policy and science contexts. She provides other types of collaborative problem solving trainings for specific purposes and audiences. She has been assessing, designing and facilitating collaborative public processes for 20 years, related to natural resource issues on multiple-state, statewide and smaller scales. Jessica has conducted research in and facilitated processes related to forests, wildlife, energy, endangered species and federal and state land planning.

Dr. Western has conducted social psychological research regarding the relationship between people and natural resources and taught natural resource policy related subjects for 20 years. Her survey and Q-methodology peer-reviewed work has been published in a variety of publications related natural resource policy, collaborative processes, biomass utilization, and forest planning.