Dr. Jessica L. Deichmann is a researcher with the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Sustainability and the Working Land and Seascapes initiative. Her work addresses questions of species and ecosystem resilience in the face of anthropogenic change, with the goal of fostering healthy and productive landscapes and seascapes for the benefit of nature and people. Her research is aimed at quantifying the impacts of energy and infrastructure development and extractive industries on biodiversity and ecosystem function, and developing strategies to mitigate these impacts.

Interests include sustainable development, tropical ecology and biodiversity, conservation and applied science, ecoacoustics and soundscapes, biodiversity monitoring, amphibian biology, and best practices for infrastructure development.


Biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon

Through camera trap studies, community conservation programs and collaboration, Smithsonian scientists are working to minimize the impact that natural gas development has on tropical forests and wildlife.

Conserving Amazonian Tropical Ecosystems

In the Peruvian Amazon of Madre de Dios, natural ecosystems provide essential services to local communities. Smithsonian scientists are partnering with stakeholders to  evaluate the region's biodiversity and devise scenarios for future sustainable development.

From the Andes to the Pacific

Scientists are monitoring habitat and species, including the Andean cat, pencil catfish and Peruvian long-snouted bat, to help integrate biodiversity conservation into the construction and operation of a gas pipeline that stretches from the eastern Andes to the Pacific coast of Peru.

Monitoring Potential Impacts of Human Activity on Biodiversity in Peru

Researchers are monitoring the impacts of human activities on biodiversity in the tropical forests of northern Peru.