Jessica Orlofske, Ph.D.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation
- Aquatic Ecology
- Wildlife Parasitology
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.
My students and I are often involved in sampling and identifying terrestrial or aquatic insects for management and conservation projects with local, state, and federal (US and Canadian) agencies as well as other natural resource and conservation organizations.
: Extensive regional variation in the phenology of insects and their response to temperature across North America, Ecology
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 125 - Fundamentals of Freshwater
BIOS 210 - Biostatistics
BIOS 305 - Principles of Ecology
BIOS 310 - Freshwater Ecology
BIOS 311 - Parasitology
BIOS 313 - Invertebrate Zoology
BIOS 445 - EXPERIMENTAL MTHDS ECOLOGY/EVO
BIOS 495 - SENIOR SEMINAR
BIOS 499 - Independent Study:
BIOS 505 - Principles of Ecology
BIOS 510 - Freshwater Ecology
BIOS 711 - Thesis
ENVS 499 - Independent Study:
GSCI 102 - SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE