Jessica Gephart

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science

Jessica Gephart is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Science at American University. Her research focuses on the intersection of seafood globalization and environmental change, evaluating how seafood trade drives distant environmental impacts, as well as how environmental shocks disrupt seafood trade. Her work brings together global trade data, local consumption data, and environmental impact data to understand the opportunities and risks of seafood globalization for sustainable production and food security. Dr. Gephart received her PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. She served on the Scientific Leadership Team for of the Blue Food Assessment, where she co-led the environment and justice chapters and currently serves as a U.S. Science Envoy for the U.S. Department of State.

Current Projects

• Globalization of aquatic foods

• Trade-offs in food systems

• Sustainable diets