Jessica competed her PhD in the EEGL at Monash University in 2018. She is an environmental geoscientist with expertise in environmental mineralogy and geochemistry. In particular her research integrates laboratory and synchrotron characterisation at the micro-scale with field-scale applications. Jessica’s research passion lies in discovering new ways to utilise waste materials, such as enhancing carbon sequestration, soil formation and trace metal recovery from mining residues. She has developed low-cost geochemical treatments that accelerate CO2 trapping within ultramafic mine tailings via natural and accelerated mineral weathering reactions, whilst also tracing the mobility of potentially toxic metals during the process. Most recently, she worked to develop novel strategies to accelerate bioremediation of alkaline mineral waste, scaling up this technology from laboratory to field-trials.