Jessica Reilly-Moman

Dr. Jessica Reilly-Moman is a social entrepreneur working to accelerate equitable climate adaptation for coasts and oceans. She is an affiliated researcher in the Leslie Lab at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center. She work at the nexus of climate, oceans, and justice with research on participatory methods to equitably engage Maine’s coastal communities in ocean renewable energy siting.

As the founder and director of Klima International, she focuses on social science research and methods to empower and enable communities to build and sustain adaptive resilience as they define it. For the past twenty years, Jess has led and worked with diverse teams and projects in the Americas, Europe, and Africa to balance development with natural resource conservation and human well-being.

This past year, Jess developed and wrote the first comprehensive report examining the effectiveness of nature-based solutions to meet coastal adaptation needs in the U.S.

Jess holds a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine, an MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California – Berkeley, and a BA in Ecology from Brown University. Read her PhD dissertation, Climate Care: Pathways for Coastal Community Resilience  or contact her at jessica.reillymoman(at) to learn more about her current projects and potential collaborations.