Jessica Purcell
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Universidad de California, Riverside

Madison Sankovitz

As a Ph.D. student in the entomology department here at UCR, my research interests are the ecological drivers and biogeography of sociality in ants. With a passion for insects and understanding the dynamics of changing ecosystems, I am interested in answering questions of what social traits and behaviors allow survival in the extremes of latitudinal and elevational gradients in Formica ants. My previous entomological work has focused on ecosystem engineering effects of a mound-nesting alpine ant, Formica podzolica, on surrounding soil and vegetation as an undergraduate at University of Colorado Boulder.

Academic Background

B.S. University of Colorado Boulder, 2017

Fellowships and Funding

UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (2017-2020)