Seminar - College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences
Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Series Workshop: A BIPOC academic journey
Jessica Ware, PhD, American Museum of Natural History
Jessica Ware is an assistant curator in invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Ware’s research focuses on the evolution of behavioral and physiological adaptations in insects, with an emphasis on how these occur in Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and Dictyoptera (termites, cockroaches and mantises). Her research group uses phylogenetics and phylogenomics to investigate reproductive, social, and flight behaviors in insects. Jessica holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and a PhD from Rutgers New Brunswick in New Jersey. She was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History from 2008-2010, before being hired at Rutgers Newark where she was an associate professor of evolutionary biology. She is the current president of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association, and serves as an elected board member on the executive committee of the Entomological Society of America Governing Board. She was recently awarded a PECASE medal from the US government for her work on insect evolution.