I am currently a PhD student at the University of Connecticut in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department. With undergraduate specializations in biology, music and creative writing, I aim to conquer the world. Or, at least, learn to tell about it.
Much of what I choose to write about is prompted by things in nature that I love and how much I desire to understand their inner workings. To me, just recognizing an object is not enough; I need to know why it is the way it is, and how it came to be that way, how it became so unique among other things. The study of science, particularly ecology and evolution, has led me to much greater understanding of origins, but I still love the hunt. That’s why I write about such diverse topics.
Check out my personal website at http://www.jessierack.com
University of Connecticut 2010-present PhD Student Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Slippery Rock University 2007-2010 BS in Biology
West Virginia University 2000-2005 BA in Music, minor in Creative Writing
I study predator-prey chemical interactions between different species of salamander larvae across a geographic scale. In English: I want to know whether young salamanders can recognize predatory salamanders by smell, and whether this ability changes if the predator comes from farther away.
Other interests and hobbies:
Running, reading, knitting, hiking, camping, writing, and gardening!