Jessica obtained a BSc in Geographic Engineering, specializing in the Environment and Natural Resources, in 2006 from the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru. She then worked as a Mining Environmental Legacies Specialist at an institution founded by the Peruvian Government to promote and support the financing of public and private investment in environmental projects. In 2010 she received a scholarship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) to pursue an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Her research involved a IHE Delft funded program working in and around the Mara River, which starts in the Mau Forest of Kenya and runs across the Tanzanian border into Lake Victoria. Her field work in tropical rivers and subsequent laboratory work sparked her curiosity for a deeper understanding of aquatic ecosystems.