Jennifer Bousselot, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University (CSU) in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She specializes in green roof research on native species evaluations, plant drought tolerance, integration with solar panels, and rooftop agrivoltaics.
Jen grew up on a small family farm in eastern Iowa as the youngest of eight children. She and her twin sister, Joni, were the only children at home by ten years old so they helped with everything on the farm – animals, crops, and machinery. Like most experienced farm kids in Iowa, she went to Iowa State University (ISU).
At ISU Jen earned a bachelor’s of science in Plant Health and Protection (2001) as well as a master’s of science in Sustainable Agriculture (2003). Jen was then hired as a horticulture agent for CSU Extension in Douglas County. Later, she returned to school for a doctorate in horticulture (2010) at CSU. Then, she returned to her home state for two years as a Lecturer in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University before she returned to CSU.
Jen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Living Architecture, a longtime member of the Research Committee for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), and Board Member of both GRHC and the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland, Colorado. Jen co-coordinates the Colorado Regional Center for Excellence in Living Architecture designated by GRHC. She was a technical advisor for the 2017 Green Roof Ordinance in Denver and is on the Green Building Ordinance Technical Advisory Committee for the City of Denver.
Jen has co-authored 15 publications since 2010 with most related to green roofs, local foods, and native plants. Jen has co-authored a book called Common Southwestern Native Plants and is contributing to multiple chapters in the upcoming book Ecoregional Green Roofs.
Jen is married to her high school sweetheart, Aaron, and they have two elementary-aged children, Evan and Julia. They spend a lot of time outdoors walking their dogs, working in the yard, and finding adventures in the mountains – often in their camper.