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Jenny Cocciardi

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About Me

I am an Ecologist and Evolutionary Biologist currently exploring how species respond to man-made ecosystems, specifically within urban environments. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Avolio Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

I like hiking, searching for salamanders, and exploring new places with my partner (Jarryd) and my dog (Tilly). 

Research Interests

My research interests center on biodiversity and the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape it.

Broadly, I am interested in how gradual and sudden human-induced climate change, compounded by arising changes to abiotic and biotic factors, drive selection and affect biodiversity.

I aim to take an integrated approach to testing hypotheses through field and laboratory research. Previous research has included using long-term selection experiments and quantitative genetic studies to answer related questions. I am currently learning more about bioinformatics to better understand adaptation to local environments through population-level differences.

I am also interested in using modeling as a comprehensive approach to answering large-scale ‘eco-evo-devo’ questions.

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