Jessica Martin

Graduate Student

Jessica Martin

I am interested in the ecology of parasites, both ectoparasites (such as fleas) and pathogens. I conduct my fieldwork at a long-term study site near Portal, Arizona, where I am studying the effects of a keystone genus (kangaroo rats) on the prevalence of ectoparasites and pathogens in a desert rodent community. I am also collaborating with Yasmine Antonini on a project examining the effects of ectoparasites on the health of Brazilian birds, and seeing how these effects are mediated by characteristics of the bird hosts themselves. Through my work, I aim to gain a better understanding of the influence of host and community characteristics on the prevalence of ectoparasites and disease.

jesmart@stanford.edu

jesmartin@gmail.com


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Teaching by on April 13, 2016
BIO 44Y: Core Plant Biology & Eco Evo Laboratory The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of how to conduct biological research, using a topic in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Plant Biology as a practical example. This includes the complete scientific process: assessing background literature, generating testable hypotheses, learning techniques for field-… Read more Teaching by Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant

News by on April 11, 2016
Jessica Martin was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant in April 2016 for her project entitled “The effects of a keystone genus on the prevalence of ectoparasites and disease in a desert rodent community.” This award will fund travel to her research site in Arizona for 2016-2017.
Rodent exclosure plot at field site in Portal, Arizona.

Effects of a keystone genus on the prevalence of ectoparasites and disease in a desert rodent community

Research by on March 2, 2016
I am investigating the effects of removing kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spp.), a keystone genus, on the prevalence of ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, etc.) and pathogens (bacteria of the genus Bartonella) in a desert rodent community. This project is based at a long-term research site (established in 1977) near the town of Portal in southeastern Arizona. I collected… Read more Effects of a keystone genus on the prevalence of ectoparasites and disease in a desert rodent community

Graduate student Jessica Martin awarded the 2015 Centennial Teaching Award

News by on June 30, 2015
The annual Centennial Teaching Assistant (CTA) Award recognizes outstanding teaching assistants (TAs) for their tremendous service and dedication in providing excellent classroom instruction for Stanford students. Administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPTL), the recipients of the award are selected from a wide range of individuals throughout the Schools… Read more Graduate student Jessica Martin awarded the 2015 Centennial Teaching Award