Rebeca de Jesús Crespo

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Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 225-578-4293


Office: 1263 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Biological Sciences, The University of Puerto Rico, 2004

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Biological Sciences, The University of Puerto Rico, 2008

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Integrative Conservation and Ecology, The University of Georgia, 2015



Research interests:

Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Drivers of Human Health and Well Being, Watershed Management, Sustainable Development


Research Areas:

Landscape ecology; Human health and wellbeing; Ecosystem services; Sustainable development; Coastal resilience and restoration



Environmental Justice Award; the USEPA Office for Research and Development; 2018

Scientist of the Year; The USEPA Office for Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Research Laboratory, Gulf Ecology Division; 2017

The Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014

The American Association for University Women Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014

The Fulbright Foundation U.S. Student Program Research Grant, 2013

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research; 2013

The Odum School of Ecology Solitary Glove Award; 2012

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute Travel Grant: 2010

Outstanding Graduate-Student; 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; 2008.

The University of Puerto Rico Center for Applied Tropical Ecology Grant: 2006


De Jesús Crespo, R, P. Mendez-Lazaro, S. Yee. 2018. Linking wetland ecosystem services to vector borne disease: the case of Dengue fever in the San Juan Bay Estuary, Puerto Rico.  Wetlands. Doi:10.1007/s13157-017-0990-5.

De Jesús Crespo, R. and R. Fulford. 2018. Eco-Health linkages: Evaluating the role of ecosystem services on human health using causal criteria analysis. International Journal of Public Health, 1-12.

Yee, D. A., Dejesus‐Crespo, R., Hunter, F. F., & Bai, F. 2017. Assessing natural infection with Zika virus in the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, during 2016 in Puerto Rico. Medical and veterinary entomology.

De Jesús-Crespo, R., Newsom, D., King, E. G., & Pringle, C.  Shade tree cover criteria for non-point source pollution control in the Rainforest Alliance coffee certification program: A snapshot assessment of Costa Rica's Tarrazú coffee region. Ecological Indicators. 66 (2016): 47-54.

Vercoe,R., M Welch-Devine, R Hardy, J Demoss, S Bonney, K Allen, J. P. Brosius, D Charles, B Crawford, S. Heisel, N.Heynen, R. de Jesús-Crespo, N. Nibbelink, L. Parker, C. Pringle, A Shaw, L Van Sant. 2015. Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina. Ecology and Society. 19(1):23.

De Jesús-Crespo, R., Ramírez, A. 2011. Effects of urbanization on stream physicochemistry and macroinvertebrate assemblages in a tropical urban watershed in Puerto Rico. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 30(3): 739-750.

De Jesús-Crespo R. and A. Ramirez. 2011. The use of a Stream Visual Assessment Protocol to determine ecosystem integrity in an urban watershed in Puerto Rico. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C. 36(12): 560-566.

Ramírez, A., R. De Jesús-Crespo, D.M., Martinó-Cardona, N., Martínez-Rivera, S.,Burgos-Caraballo. 2009. Urban streams in Puerto Rico: what can we learn from the tropics? Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 28(4): 1070–1079.


Book Chapters

Summers, J.K, L.M Smith, R. S. Fulford and R. de Jesus Crespo. 2018 The Role of Ecosystem Services in Community Well-Being. Ecosystem Services and Global Ecology (InTech Publishing). DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.74068.


Government Reports

Yee, S., J. Bousquin, R. Bruins, T.J. Canfield, T. DeWitt, R. de Jesus Crespo, B. Dyson, R. Fulford, M. Harwell, J. Hoffman, C. Littles, J.M. Johnston, B. McKane, L. Ruiz-Green, M. Russell, L. Sharpe, N. Seeteram, A. Tashie, and K. Williams. 2017. Practical Strategies for Integrating Final Ecosystem Goods and Services into Community Decision-Making. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Breeze, FL, EPA/600/R-17/ USA. EPA/600/R-17/266.

Johnston, J. M., de Jesus Crespo, R., Harwell, M., Jackson, C., Myer, M., Seeteram, N., ... & Hoffman, J. (2017). Valuing Community Benefits of Final Ecosystem Goods and Services: Human Health and Ethnographic Approaches as Complements to Economic Valuation. National Exposure Research Laboratory, Computational Exposure Division.