Dr. Jessica Light is an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, the Mammal Curator at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, and Communications Chair for EEB.
Dr. Light is a native Michigander and received her B.S. from University of Michigan. She then moved south and obtained her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and completed a postdoctoral position at University of Florida.
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.
She is also outgoing chair of the EEB Communications Committee, which provides information on the latest publications, research, news and activities around EEB faculty and students. Thanks, Dr. Light!