School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Jessica Boucher

[Jessica Boucher]

PhD Student - Environmental Change and Sustainability 

Upper Lewis 4.06 Institute of Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

Email: jessica.boucher [at]

Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 9172


Examining the Consolidation and Application of the Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas.

Supervised by Dr. Genevieve Patenaude. Co-supervised by Dr. Janet Fisher. Externally supervised by Dr. Thomas Brooks.


2012-Present: PhD Student, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh

Funded by a University of Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship and a University of Edinburgh Principal’s Career Development Scholarship.

2012-Present: Project Manager, CSRAsia, Edinburgh

Providing research and strategic support for the CSRAsia European office.

2012-2013: Project Manager, Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative, International

Assisting the Equator Principles Association, the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) to develop a cross sector initiative aimed encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing concerning the challenges and opportunities presented by the revised IFC Performance Standard 6 (PS6) on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources.

2011-2012: Project Manager, World Wildlife Fund, International

Currently working as a consultant with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on their Global Markets and International Finance work program. This work focuses on building biodiversity capacity in the finance sector by providing consistent, clear and simple guidance to financial institutions on how to incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services issues into lending and investment decisions.

2011: Project Coordinator, Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP)

Assisted in the development of a capacity building workshop concerning opportunities in biodiversity offsets and compensation for the Latin America and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds.

2010-2011: Programme Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Geneva, Switzerland

Coordinated the UNEP FI work programme for the Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Work Stream and the Water & Finance Work Stream. Worked closely with financial institutions to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Specific focus on carbon finance and environmental risk assessment. Publications, communications, events and workshops.

2007-2010: MSc Research Student and Research Assistant, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Carried out hydrometric and hydrochemical field based research in Wolf Creek Research Basin, Yukon Territory. Extensive network management, data management, fundraising, academic writing and data analysis. 2008 Internship, Yukon Territorial Government, Yukon, Canada Conducted regional flood frequency and climate trend analyses as well as extensive territory wide hydrometric network monitoring.

2007-2008: Teacher’s Assistant, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Taught various geosciences laboratory courses, first to fourth year. 2005-2006 Communications Officer, North Andaman Tsunami Relief, Kuraburi, Thailand Aided with community based tsunami relief in Thailand. Main tasks included: fundraising, donor reports, monthly updates and network communications. Additionally, designed and implemented a research project regarding the use of foraminifera as ecosystem indicators in Thai mangrove environments affected by shrimp aquaculture.

2004: Research Assistant, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Conducted a demographic analysis of publicity achieved by the voluntary sector. Research tasks included data mining and database management.


Master of Science in Physical Geography (Hydrology) Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland (official visiting student)

Bachelor of Science Honours - Major in Environmental Science Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (3rd year – exchange)

Pure and Applied Sciences Champlain Regional College, Sherbrooke, Canada

Science Stream and French Immersion

Philemon Wright High School, Hull, Canada


Carey, S. K., Boucher, J. L., and Duarte, C. M. 2013. Inferring groundwater contributions and pathways to streamflow during snowmelt over multiple years in a discontinuous permafrost subarctic environment (Yukon, Canada). Hydrogeology Journal, 21, 67-77.

Hill, M., Lowrance, C., Mulder, I., Boucher, J., and Green, J. 2011. Embedding Environmental Risks in Finance: Current Methods and On-going Challenges. Journal of Environmental Investing 2, No. 1.

Boucher, J.L., and Hill, M. 2011. UNEP FI Global Roundtable: Demystifying Materiality. Global Business Magazine.

Malo, S., and Boucher, J.L. 2011. UN-REDD Features & Commentary: UNEP-FI Launches New Study Stressing Financial Sector Involvement in REDD+.

Mulder, I., and Boucher, J.L. 2010. Banking on Biodiversity. Environmental Finance. November, 2010.

Boucher, J. L., and Carey, S. K. 2010. Exploring runoff processes using chemical, isotopic and hydrometric data in a discontinuous permafrost catchment. Hydrology Research, 41.6, p. 508 - p. 519.

Boucher, J. L. 2009. Masters Thesis. A Case Study Evaluating Runoff Generation in a Subarctic Catchment Using Stable Isotope, Hydrochemical and Hydrometric Data. Carleton University.

Boucher, J. L. 2007. Bachelor of Science Honors Thesis. The use of foraminifera as ecosystem indicators in Thai mangrove environments affected by shrimp aquaculture. Carleton University.