Jessica Purcell
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Universidad de California, Riverside
jessica.purcell@ucr.edu
phone:951-827-7258




Team Members

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Jessica Purcell

Principal Investigator

Location: Entomology 284
Tel: (951) (951) 827-7258
E-mail : jessica.purcell@ucr.edu

jessica J.Purcell CV 2016.pdf

Research Interests: I am fascinated by the evolution of many diverse and unique social systems in a wide range of organisms. In my research, I take advantage of natural Read More...

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Amanda R. Hale

Graduate Student

Location: Entomology 284
Tel: (951) (951) 827-3527
E-mail : ahale004@ucr.edu

Research Interests: As a microbiology Ph.D. student, my research interests are the interplay of the gut microbiome in native verses invasive ant species, ant behavior, and evolutionary ant history. Read More...

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Mari West

Graduate Student

Location: Entomology 284
Tel: (951) (951) 827-3527
E-mail : mari.west@ucr.edu

Research Interests: As a PhD student in the Entomology Department here at UCR, with a passion for insects and the outdoors, I am interested in studying the evolution and genomics of social behavior. My previous entomological work has focused on an aggressive and cannibalistic social spider (Delena cancerides) as an undergraduate at Cornell University and the control and eradication of an extremely cooperative and super-colonial invasive ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) as a US Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer. Read More...

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Daniel Pierce

Undergraduate Student

Location: Entomology 284
Tel: (951) (951) 827-3527
E-mail : dpier004@ucr.edu

Research Interests: I am an undergraduate student at UCR with a general interest in ecology and evolution and enthusiasm for fieldwork. My research is focused on studying social polymorphism and morphology of Formica francoueri, a Southern California native ant. I want to learn broadly about the life history of these animals as well as if/how environmental factors influence their behavior and evolution.

Former team members

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Junxia Zhang

Posdoctoral Researcher

Location: Entomology 289
Tel: (951) (951) 827-3527
E-mail : jxzhang1976@gmail.com

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J. Zhang CV 2016.pdf

Research Interests: My research interests are rooted in exploring phylogeny and biodiversity of life, and have extended into a wide spectrum of fields: evolutionary patterns, mechanisms and processes in biodiversity, historical biogeography, genitalic evolution Read More...

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Aracely Ospina

Junior Specialist I

Location: Entomology 284
Tel: (951) (951) 827-3527
E-mail : aracely.ospina@ucr.edu

Research Interests: I am the lab manager responsable for all aspects of the lab to ensure that laboratories operate smoothly. I am currently involved on the research project to identify polymorphisms in queen numbers in wild ants populations and investigate the genetic basis of these differences. In addition I am implementing the lab research website.