I earned my Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences (focus: primate behavioral ecology) from Stony Brook University in 2014. My research focuses on the links between female nutrition, foraging strategies, and social relationships in wild western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). I conducted my field work on gorillas at the Mondika Research Centre. Since graduating, my interests have expanded to include biodiversity, conservation, climate change, scientific writing, STEM education, and outreach.
I am currently teaching writing courses aimed at critical analysis of research studies in ecology and evolutionary biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. My students are mainly BIO or EEB majors, with others focusing on MCB, NRE, or pre-med coursework.
Shortly after graduating, I worked with local educators and faculty at UConn to co-launch a bug-camp for urban youth, known as the Hartford Biodiversity Camp and BioBlitz. I further extended my work experience in science outreach as a faculty member at Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy During my tenure there, I created and taught natural science courses for school children at TMSC in Avon, CT, and Saint Mary’s School in Simsbury, CT, using inquiry-based learning methods, such as hands-on activities, labs, and classroom experiments.
Please visit my ResearchGate site for a listing of my peer-reviewed publications and my LinkedIn.
Check out my Twitter feed @jesslodwick and science blog to sample my personal brand of scicomm.
I am proud of my work in developing and teaching three interdisciplinary field courses in environmental studies. My field courses examined the ecology, conservation, and cultures of Iceland, while on a cross-country expedition. The wilderness was our classroom, as we hiked, camped, and studied the arctic tundra, lava fields, lakes, volcanic craters, black sand beaches, glaciers, and birch forest.
The study abroad program, offered by Wildlands Studies via Western Washington University, explored topics at the intersection of ecology, environmental studies, climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, and cultural anthropology. Students gained hands-on experience in identifying species, surveying plant diversity, and studying animal behavior.
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