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Jessica Orlofske
Biography
My childhood experiences exploring the natural environments of southeastern Wisconsin inspired me to study biology. I spent the summers of my undergraduate years studying dragonflies in local wetlands before graduating with my B.Sc. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a double major in Biology and Wildlife Ecology and Management in 2005. My interest in insects motivated me to continue my education at Iowa State University. Insect and spider communities of remnant and restored tallgrass prairies were the focus of my M.Sc. research, which I completed in 2008. An opportunity to study internationally compelled me to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick in New Brunswick, Canada. In New Brunswick, I was able to investigate the aquatic insect communities of a pristine, unregulated river system, the Miramichi River. I completed my Ph.D. in 2014 and spent a short time as a post doctoral fellow with the Canadian Rivers Institute examining the insect communities of the other major river system in New Brunswick, the St. John River, before joining the faculty at UW-Parkside. I plan to continue my work on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates both at home in Wisconsin and abroad.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching 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.

Research Interests

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.

Consulting Interests

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

Fall 2017

BIOS 445 EXPERIMENTAL MTHDS ECOLOGY EVO
BIOS 645 EXPERIMENTAL MTHDS ECOLOGY EVO
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 311 PARASITOLOGY
BIOS 311 PARASITOLOGY

Summer 2017

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring 2017

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

Fall 2016

BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 313 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
BIOS 313 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE
BIOS 495 SENIOR SEMINAR

Summer 2016

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
ENVS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring 2016

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Fall 2015

BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 311 PARASITOLOGY
BIOS 311 PARASITOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE
BIOS 390 SPECIAL TOPICS
BIOS 390 SPECIAL TOPICS

Summer 2015

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring 2015

BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 210 BIOSTATISTICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE
BIOS 495 SENIOR SEMINAR

Fall 2014

BIOS 313 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
BIOS 313 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

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