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Jessica Bleha

Jessica Bleha is a geologist with North Jackson Company, an Environmental Science and Engineering consulting firm based in Marquette, Michigan.  Jessica has served as project manager and client lead for hydrological assessments of surface water streams, groundwater aquifers, and wetlands of an underground copper and nickel mine in northern Marquette County, Michigan for the past seven years.  She helped design and develop a GIS web-enabled data management tool for documenting National Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System reductions in a Great Lakes Area of Concern and has worked on several environmental assessment investigations and mine permitting/compliance projects.

Prior to joining North Jackson, Jessica worked as a consulting geologist for Holman Consulting Engineers in Missoula, Montana and as an instructor at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan.  While consulting as a field and laboratory geologist, Jessica had the opportunity to work on a $100+ million dam removal and remediation Superfund site in western Montana.  She has extensive experience with analysis and interpretation of ASTM and AASHTO laboratory test procedures for Federal and state agencies.

As an instructor, Jessica established and taught two new courses in physical geology and remote sensing to undergraduate students.

Jessica received her BS in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2004 and her MS in Geosciences from the University of Montana in 2006; where her thesis involved the development and application of a MODIS driven snowmelt model for both a large and small mountain basin in northwestern Montana.