Jessica Orlofske, Ph.D.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests
My primary teaching interests encompass organismal biology, specifically invertebrate zoology, ecology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology and biostatistics. I often incorporate outdoor laboratory and field experiences into my teaching and focus on practical skills and professional training.
The two complementary aspects of my research program are invertebrate biodiversity & conservation and biomonitoring & assessment of ecological integrity. Each of these research areas emphasizes the ecological value and diversity of invertebrates. Specifically, I investigate 1.) traits-based invertebrate community ecology, with a focus on insect form and function, 2.) the science and practice of biomonitoring for stressor identification and environmental risk assessment, and 3.) life history strategies and environmental requirements of threatened and endangered invertebrate species.
2019: Enhancing bioassessment of river health: linking ecosystem services to benthic indicators. , Freshwater Science
2017: Flow velocity-ecology thresholds in Canadian rivers: A comparison of trait and taxonomy-based approaches., Freshwater Biology (15 pp.)
BIOS 311 - PARASITOLOGY
BIOS 313 - INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
BIOS 336 - CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
BIOS 445 - EXPERIMENTAL MTHDS ECOLOGY EVO
BIOS 495 - SENIOR SEMINAR
BIOS 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 645 - EXPERIMENTAL MTHDS ECOLOGY EVO
ENVS 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
GSCI 102 - SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE