Jessica Schad joins USU from South Dakota State University where she was an Assistant Professor. Jessica’s research typically seeks to answer two questions: 1) How do natural resource related trends or events, like oil and gas extraction, amenity migration, or the BP oil spill, impact rural communities and quality of life within them, and vice versa? 2) What influences how different types of agricultural producers, including commodity crop farmers, livestock owners, and even Amish farmers make decisions about the conservation practices on the land they farm or own? Her research questions are typically answered using mixed methods, including interviews, surveys, and observations and she enjoys teaching a graduate level class on survey methodology. She will be moving to Logan with her husband Kyle (who is a diehard fly fisherman), her two children, Finley (3), and Maisie (2), and dog Buddy. Jessica is very excited to join the university and explore the beautiful community with family and friends.