Jessica A. Rick

PhD Student | University of Wyoming | PopGen & Evolutionary Biology

In addition to my interest in science and research as a part of the CE Wagner Lab, Biodiversity Institute, Program in Ecology, and Department of Botany at the University of Wyoming, I am an avid adventurer and outdoorswoman. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, trail running, and simply spending time enjoying nature and taking pictures of it all over the U.S. and around the world.

After completing my PhD research, I hope to teach and establish a research program at the undergraduate level. In my time as a teaching assistant, teaching fellow, and wilderness guide, I have enjoyed encouraging others to engage with the natural world and fostering others’ interest in learning about wildlife and the environment. I look forward to pursuing a career where I have the opportunity to do this on a daily basis.

I also plan on establishing a research program aimed at involving undergraduate students in scientific research. I have found that I love sharing my passion for biology with undergraduate students, as well as helping them to develop the ability to think like a scientist, ask insightful scientific questions, and communicate their results. In addition, I believe it is vital for the public to understand ecological concepts to ensure the conservation of the natural world for future generations. To this end, I plan to continue engaging the general public through environmental education and outreach to promote greater awareness of the interactions between humans and their surrounding biotic and abiotic environments.

If you are an undergraduate interested in getting involved in research, please do not hesitate to contact me about opportunities for working on my research or any general questions you may have!