I received my Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from Stony Brook University in 2014. My doctoral research focused on the nutritional ecology of wild female western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) at the Mondika Research Centre. Since graduating, my interests have expanded to include biodiversity, conservation, climate change, academic writing, STEM education, and outreach.
I am currently teaching science writing (Spring 2019: Evolutionary Biology, EEB2245W; Fall 2018: General Ecology, EEB2244W) to biology majors in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut.
I recently developed and taught three complimentary field courses in environmental studies to American and Canadian University students in the summer of 2018. The field courses examined the ecology, conservation, and cultures of Iceland, while on an expedition in Iceland’s wildlands. We camped, hiked, and studied in a variety of habitats, including 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.
I created and taught dynamic, hands-on courses in ecology, climate change, and marine sciences for gifted middle school students at Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy and Saint Mary’s School from 2015-2016. I co-launched the annual Hartford Biodiversity Camp and BioBlitz.
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.
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