Jessica Rowland is a Lecturer and the Local Food Systems Outreach Coordinator in the University of New Mexico Sustainability Studies Program. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on sustainability, local food systems, and climate change, and is a recipient of the UNM Lecturer of the Year award. Jessica facilitates the UNM Lobo Growers’ Market, and collaborates with various campus and community partners to grow the local and regional food system. She is currently spearheading the development of the UNM Food Systems Collaborative, a diverse campus-wide group of faculty and staff who are engaged in food systems research, teaching and community outreach. Jessica holds an MS in geochemistry and climate change science from the University of Arizona, and is a Board member of La Montañita Food Co-op. She was raised on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest, but is thankful to call the high desert her home.