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Jessica Light

Light, Jessica
Jessica Light
Associate Professor, Curator of Mammals, Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections
268 WFES
Undergraduate Education
B.S. University of Michigan, B.S. in Biology
B.S. University of Michigan, B.S. in Resource Ecology and Management
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Ph.D. in Zoology
WFSC Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, 2018
Courses Taught

Recent Publications

Kjeldgaard, MacKenzie K., Oona M. Takano, Alison A. Bockoven, Pete D. Teel, Jessica E. Light, Sarah A. Hamer, Gabriel L. Hamer and Micky D. Eubanks. (2019) Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) aggression influences the behavior of three hard tick species, Experimental and Applied Acarologyhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10493-019-00419-8.

Neiswenter, Sean A., David J. Hafner, Jessica E. Light, Gabriella D. Cepeda, Kathrine Kinzer, Lois F. Alexander and Brett R. Riddle. (2019) Phylogeography and taxonomic revision of Nelson’s pocket mouse (Chaetodipus nelsoni), Journal of Mammalogy, https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyz130.

Hafner, David J., Mark S. Hafner, Theresa A. Spradling, Jessica E. Light and James W. Demastes. (2019) Temporal and spacial dynamics of competitive parapatry in chewing lice, Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5183.

PK Connors, JE Light, BP Tanis, JA Drew, CN Anderson and K Hinde. (2019) March Mammal Madness: a Story about Science and Social Media, Integrative and Comparative Biology 59:E42.

Demastes, James W., David J. Hafner, Mark S. Hafner, Jessica E. Light and Theresa A. Spradling. (2018) Loss of genetic diversity, recovery, and allele surfing in a colonizing parasite, Geomydoecus aurei, Molecular Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14997.

About the Lab

Research in the Light Lab is focused broadly in evolutionary biology with a focus on systematics, population genetics, and coevolutionary associations between distantly related organisms, particularly mammals and their parasites. In general, our research relies on field work and Museum specimens, and we use molecular and morphological data from recently collected and ancient specimens to help elucidate broad evolutionary processes operating in distantly related taxa.