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Jessica Lotts - Headshot
Phone: (661) 361-9375
Bio: Jessica Lotts is a recent graduate from The University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she received a B.A. in Journalism and two minors in Marine Science & Women’s Studies.
While attending school, she was the Associate Editor of Seawords, an online marine newsletter published by UH Manoa’s Marine Options Program (MOP). Along with the publication of various articles and photos both online and in print, she was awarded “Best Internship” at the 2017 MOP Student Symposium after presenting her work to a panel of judges and peers. Jessica was also a photographer/videographer for the investigative team at Ho’a O’ahu, a student created news media formed by UH Manoa Journalism students, where she had three news segments broadcast live from UHMtv, a student run news organization that she was a producer of. Jessica specializes in Photojournalism, and has won three awards for her passion in underwater photography. In June 2016 she completed an internship for the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) 2016 as a Marine Journalist Intern, where she had four articles published on the ICRS Facebook page. Most recently, Jessica interned for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature under the Global Gender Office, where she had the opportunity to create and present a video discussing the importance of narrative voices in media.
Jessica has been a certified Scientific Diver since Fall 2016 and worked as a dive leader/program assistant for the UH Diving Safety Program in Spring 2017. She has five years of diving experience both in Hawaii and California and has completed nearly 150 dives. Jessica has most recently utilized her diving abilities to complete QUEST 2017 (Quantitive Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques) and MAST 2017 (Maritime Archaeological Surveying Techniques). *Diver Status Report available upon request).
She is proficient in various computer programs such as Lightroom, and has a certificate in InDesign, Illustrator, and WordPress.
Marine Journalist aboard an ACO & RAP Cruise. Honolulu, HI, 2017;
Lived aboard the R/V Kilo Moana and documented the testing and progress of the ROV set to maintain the Aloha Cabled Observatory. Worked alongside various engineers and scientists to accurately depict ROV progress and life aboard the ship.
Associate Editor for Seawords Marine Newsletter. Honolulu, HI, 2016-2017;
Involved attention to detail, leadership skills and creativity. Kept writers responsible for deadlines, edited each article repeatedly and used InDesign to build layouts and designs for each issue.
Dive Program Assistant/ Dive Leader at UHM Diving Safety Program. Honolulu, HI, 2016-2017;
Input dive logs, dive plans, and various other records into the scientific diving database and lead scientific dive students on weekend dives. Required attention to detail, adequate computer skills, and open communication between divers and staff.
Intern for the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC). Honolulu, HI, 2016; Met with high ranking members of the scientific community and analyzed the role gender plays in science. Created and presented a video discussing the importance of narrative voices in media.
Editing under Big Ocean for the IUCN WCC 2016. Honolulu, HI, 2016;
Involved editing documents on various computer programs, condensing case studies, and meeting strict deadlines.
Marine Journalist Intern for the 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). Honolulu, HI, 2016;
Required adequate communication and interviewing skills. Mingled with the scientific community and produced articles worthy of publication under the ICRS social networks.
Scientific Dive Leader for the UH Diving Safety Program. Honolulu,HI, 2017; Led Scientific Divers-in-Training on weekend dives. Required advanced underwater communication skills, navigation and various scientific diving tasks.
MAST (Maritime Archaeological Surveying Techniques). Honolulu, HI, 2017;Explored and accurately mapped eight sunken WWII sites in limited visibility. Practiced underwater archaeological techniques and added completed site maps to NOAA’s Regional Maritime History Inventory.
QUEST (Quantitive Underwater Surveying Techniques). Honolulu,HI, 2017; Performed underwater scientific tasks such as benthic surveys, fish counting and sizing and rugosity measurement. Required a positive attitude and teamwork.
University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013-2017
Diploma Received May 2017
Dean’s List, Fall 2015
Dean’s List, Spring 2016
Lancaster High School 2013
Diploma Received May 2013
UHM MOP Coordinator, University of Hawaii
Phone: (808) 956-8433
Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Hawaii
Phone: (808) 956-3340
Diving Safety Officer, University of Hawaii
Phone: (808) 956-6420