Hi! I am Jess Vriesema.
I am a doctoral candidate in planetary scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (Department of Planetary Sciences) at the University of Arizona, and I plan to defend my dissertation in November of 2019. I am a computational physicist specializing in numerical simulations of electrodynamics in the atmopsheres of giant planets. My current work seeks to understand how electrodynamics in Saturn's mid- to low-latitude thermosphere influences its temperatures and dynamics.
I enjoy programming, playing board/card games, computer games, tabletop role-playing games hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.
Recently, while going through a slow spell in my research, I tapped a creative outlet and designed a board game—something I have dreamed about for years. Even though the "Island Game" is still far from being published, I occasionally playtest it with friends and family and have received very positive reviews!