Jess Phoenix is a volcanologist, born January, 13 1982 in Colorado, to parents who were both FBI agents, she grew up athletic and very curious. I recently discovered her on the Discovery television show “Hunting Atlantis” where she is co-host to Stel Pavlou (British screenwriter and speculative fiction novelist). She attended Smith College in in Northampton, Massachusetts, received her master’s degree, in geology, from California State University.
Jess completed her Ph D. in geology at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Her expertise is in lava flows and natural hazards. She hosts a podcast, on Apple Podcasts, called Catastrophe!.
Jess Phoenix has written the book Ms. Adventure. [From Amazon.com] skillfully blends personal memoir, daring adventure, and scientific exploration, following Phoenix’s journey from reality television sites deep in Ecuadorian jungles to Andean glaciers, university classrooms to Death Valley in summer. She has even chased down members of a Mexican cartel to retrieve a stolen favorite rock hammer. Readers will delight in her unbelievable adventures, all embarked on for the love of science.
Jess Phoenix’s work encompasses science and representation in such a delightful melding that it could only come from as spry and playful a soul as hers! Open this book and jump into the volcano!Patton Oswalt
She has appeared on other television such as Trailblazers, Shark Week and What on Earth? Jess has played 28 different sports recreationally and at the university level. She piloted the research submersible Jason2 on the Hawaiian undersea volcano Lodhi. Into horses, she completed the 2012 Mongol Derby, the world’s longest and toughest horse race (race extends 1000 km through the Mongolian Steppe in China. The course recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan in 1224).
Her work, as a geologist, has taken her to six continents, where she has organized and led over 25 scientific research expeditions. She is a Fellow in the The Explorers Club (professional society with the goal of promoting scientific exploration and field study)
and the Royal Geographical Society (learned society and professional body for geography based in the United Kingdom and founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences). Jess is the founder of Blueprint Earth and run entirely by volunteers.
Every component matters, and having a blueprint means being able to rebuild if something goes wrong. Blueprint Earth researchers identify plants, animals, and rocks. They measure atmospheric conditions and take samples of spring water. They collaborate to build knowledge to protect fragile ecosystems. Her website is volcanojess.com.