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, science writing, STEM education, and outreach.

I am currently teaching science writing (General Ecology: EEB2244W) to biology majors at the University of Connecticut.

This past summer, I taught three field courses on the ecology, conservation, and cultures of Iceland to university students from the U.S. and Canada, offered by Wildlands Studies via Western Washington University. The curriculum was interdisciplinary, drawing upon topics at the intersection of ecology, environmental studies, climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, and anthropology. Students gained hands-on experience in identifying species, surveying plant diversity, and studying animal behavior in Iceland’s varied habitats, including arctic tundra, lava fields, lakes, volcanic craters, black sand beaches, and birch forest.

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. In 2014, I co-launched the Hartford Biodiversity Camp and BioBlitz.

Visiting Dettifoss: Europe’s most powerful waterfall. July 2018

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.

caterpillar munching

Polyphemus moth caterpillar (Antheraea polyphemus)

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


Hiking Mount Mansfield, Vermont, U.S.A.

I am looking for a new opportunity to apply my expertise in teaching, research, mentoring, science outreach, academic writing, management, and program coordination toward advancing the mission of your organization.

Skógafoss, Iceland. July 2018.