Jessica Martin

Former member (PhD Candidate)

Jessica Martin

I am broadly interested in the ecology of host-parasite interactions and tick-borne diseases. In the Chihuahuan desert of SE Arizona, I am investigating the effects of the mammalian community (in particular jackrabbits and kangaroo rats) on rodent ectoparasites (fleas and ticks). This work is conducted in collaboration with a team led by Dr. Morgan Ernest as part of a long-term ecological experiment called The Portal Project.

In addition to the community-level host-parasite dynamics, I am working with Dr. Barbara Han at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on a project that utilizes machine learning techniques to predict which tick species are most likely to spread zoonotic diseases in the future. For this project, I am compiling data on the morphological traits, life history, host species, and geographic distribution of ticks in the genus Dermacentor.

Moving forward, I am interested in applying ecological frameworks and analytical tools to the study of tick-borne diseases in order to better mitigate risks to human health.

Twitter: @JMARtweets

jesmart@stanford.edu

jesmartin@gmail.com


Posts by Jessica Martin

BIO 30: EARTHSYS 30: Ecology for Everyone

Education, Teaching by on April 13, 2016
EARTHSYS 30: Ecology for Everyone Teaching by Jessica Martin. Everything is connected, but how? Ecology is the science of interactions and the changes they generate. This project-based course links individual behavior, population growth, species interactions, and ecosystem function. Introduction to measurement, observation, experimental design and hypothesis testing in field projects, mostly done in groups. The… Read more BIO 30: EARTHSYS 30: Ecology for Everyone

BIO 44Y: Core Plant Biology & Eco Evo Laboratory

Teaching by on April 13, 2016
BIO 44Y: Core Plant Biology & Eco Evo Laboratory Teaching by Jessica Martin. 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,… Read more BIO 44Y: Core Plant Biology & Eco Evo Laboratory

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.┬áThis 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