Jessica Lodwick

Instructor
lodwickj [at] oregonstate.edu

Research Way Laboratory Building

Research Way Laboratory Building 4575 SW Research Way

Research Way Laboratory Building
4575 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333

My teaching interests are grounded in the ecology and the evolutionary basis of life on earth. I have previously taught courses on animal behavior and scientific writing, with a focus on fundamental ecological principles and biological concepts. I am currently teaching Introductory Biology (BI 204-206) for Ecampus students and Ecology (BI 370) on campus. 

In terms of my research background, I'm trained as a behavioral ecologist and primatologist. My dissertation research focused on the links between foraging strategies, feeding competition, and female dominance relationships in wild western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). My fieldwork was conducted at the Mondika Research Center in the Republic of Congo over a 19-month period. To understand whether high-ranking females achieved higher energy intake than low-ranking females, I conducted nutritional analyses of gorilla dietary items at the Nutritional Ecology lab at Harvard University. My research also revealed that the staple diet of western gorillas contains more fruit, higher fiber content, and increased concentrations of non-structural (i.e. easily-assimilated energy) compared to that of mountain gorillas. Please see my personal website for a list of my publications and conference presentations.

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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Ag Botany / Plant Path
Courses Taught: 

BI 204, 205, and 206: Introductory Biology

BI 370: Ecology

Z 350: Animal Behavior

Headquarters: 
OSU Main Campus
Biography

Hello, I'm Jessica! I grew up in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan and lived in the Northeastern U.S. for 18 years. I earned my B.A. in Zoology with honors at Miami University of Ohio. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. I'm excited to be a member of the BPP family at Oregon State, where I am teaching courses grounded in principles of ecology and evolutionary biology.

My teaching interests are rooted in the ecology and the evolutionary basis of life on earth. I have previously taught courses on animal behavior and scientific writing, with a focus on fundamental concepts in biology and ecology. I'm currently teaching Introductory Biology (BI 204-206) and Ecology (BI 370) and have enjoyed getting to know students over the past year at OSU.

My Publications