I received my Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from Stony Brook University in 2014. My doctoral research focused on the behavior, nutrition, and ecology of wild female western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) at the Mondika Research Centre in the Republic of Congo.

Since graduating, my interests have expanded to include biodiversity, conservation, climate change, and science writing. I’ve worked extensively in science education and outreach. In 2014, I co-launched the Hartford Biodiversity Camp and BioBlitz, an annual summer camp for kids interested in insect & plant ecology. From 2015-2016, I created and taught interactive, hands-on courses in Ecology, Climate Change, and Marine Sciences for gifted and talented middle school students at Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy and Saint Mary’s School.

caterpillar munching

Polyphemus moth caterpillar (Antheraea polyphemus)     – PC: Jessica Lodwick

Trip up the Sangha River in a dugout canoe



Jessica Lodwick, Fall 2017

Collecting fruit samples at Mondika – PC: Abraham Mayoke

My hobbies include yoga, photography, hiking, iNaturalist, jogging, softball, singing, cooking, and traveling.



Please visit my ResearchGate site for a listing of my academic publications and my LinkedIn page for a summary of my work experience. Check out my Twitter feed @jesslodwick and blog to sample my personal brand of scicomm and science writing.

I am currently looking for a new opportunity where I can advance the mission of your organization with my skills and experience in program coordination, project management, teaching, science writing, science communication, and expertise in behavioral ecology and conservation of natural resources.

Hiking Mt Mansfield, Vermont- PC: Josh Boggs


Visiting forest elephants at Dzanga Bai, Central African Republic – PC: David Greer