Jen joined the SBCC Bio Department faculty in 2005, and currently teaches General Biology, Natural History, and Evolution & Adaptation. She co-teaches Methods in Field Biology with Adam Green. Her research background is primarily in behavioral ecology of spiders. During completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee, she conducted research on fear and aggression in grass spiders, as well as foraging and mating behavior of orb-weavers. She earned a PhD in EEB from Princeton University, studying the fitness consequences of polyandry in the banded garden spider, Argiope trifasciata.
Jen spent the 2016-17 academic year on sabbatical, studying various aspects of local
natural history, and getting acquainted with Santa Barbara’s local spider species through work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Jen is currently the
Superfluous killing in spiders: a consequence of adaptation to food-limited environments