Jessica Marter-Kenyon

Jessica Marter-Kenyon
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Post-doc at the Innovation Lab for Peanut
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

Jessica Marter-Kenyon is a PhD student in the Geography Department at UCSB. Her research interests include: human adaptation to environmental change in low-income countries (with an emphasis on climate-induced migration), critical development studies, and political ecology.
Her dissertation project at UCSB investigates climate change and its role in migration and population displacement amongst smallholder farmers in rural Rwanda and Burundi. She uses mixed methods- including GIS, statistical modeling, and interviews- in support of this research.
Jessica received her BA in Development Studies in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley and her MSc in Environment and Development in 2010 from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her MSc thesis explores planned population resettlement in the context of climate change and can be found here: Her professional work experience has primarily been based in Africa, with emphases on household energy and health, and subsistence agriculture.
Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Graduate Research Grant 2016-2018. $40,000.

Broom Center Graduate Student Research and Training Grant 2015. $1,800

Society of Women Geographers Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship 2014-2015. $12,000

Broom Center Graduate Student Research and Training Grant 2014. $2,000

Mellon-Sawyer Graduate Fellow in Marine Environmental History 2013-2014. $22,200

Broom Center Graduate Student Research and Training Grant 2013. $1,250

Since 2012, Jessica has been an editorial board member of the peer-reviewed Journal of Environment and Development; from 2014-2016 she served as its Managing Editor.

Jessica has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers (2013 and 2017) and the Population Association of America (2017), at the University of California Global Health Day (2014) and at the 8th Summer Institute on Migration and Health (2013). She also received funding from the Broom Center, the UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH), and the CU Population Center to attend workshops on environmental demography, and migration and health during the summer of 2013.

Post-doc at the Innovation Lab for Peanut (


Chen, H., Marter-Kenyon, J., Lopez-Carr, D. and Liang, X. 2015. 
"Land cover and landscape changes in Shaanxi Province during China's Green for Green Program (2000-2010)."
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment187(10): 1-14.
Lopez-Carr, D. and Marter-Kenyon, J.* 2015. 
"COMMENT: Human adaptation: Manage climate-induced resettlement."
Nature. 517: 265-267 (15 January 2015) * co-first authors
Alagona, P., Esch, A., Paulson, T. and Marter-Kenyon, J.
"Population and Land Use"
In Erika Zavaleta and Harold Mooney, Eds. Ecosytems of California (Berkeley: University of California Press. [Population-Environment Interactions] 2014.
Chowdhury, Z., Campanella, L., Gray, C., Al Masud, A., Marter-Kenyon, J., Pennise, D., Charron, D.,Zuzhang, X.
"Measurement and modeling of indoor air pollution in rural households with multiple stove interventions in Yunnan, China."
Atmospheric Environment. Volume 67, March 2013: 161-169.
Marter-Kenyon, J.
"Bridging the Divide: A Third-Sector Approach to Health and Development."
Greener Management International. Special Issue, June 2007.
Research Themes:
Marter-Kenyon, J., Wun, J.
"Parallel Importation: A Threat to Pharmaceutical Innovation?"
Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers. 18(2): 29-40. 2006
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