Jessica Ware

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Jessica Ware
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Born Jessica Lee Ware
Montreal, Quebec
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Jessica Lee Ware is an African-American evolutionary biologist and entomologist.[1][2] She is an assistant professor at Rutgers University, Newark.[3] She studies the evolution of insect physiology and behavior, particularly dragonflies and dictyoptera, as well as their biogeography (their geographic distribution).[4][5] Ware was a contributor to a major study of the phylogenomics of insect evolution,[6] and developed molecular phylogeny of hexapoda.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Jessica Lee Ware was born in Montreal, Quebec, one of twins.[2] Ware has said that she became interested in biology because her grandparents, Gwen and Harold Irons, in northern Canada encouraged her to collect snakes, insects, and frogs.[8] Ware earned a bachelor of science in invertebrate zoology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2001.[2] She pursued entomology after working in the University's Entomological Museum to support herself during her studies.[2]

After graduating, Ware traveled to Costa Rica to work with Diane Srivastava for a semester. She reports that her time there led to her to choose research as a career, and it was also her first experience of working with other scientists of color.[2]

Ware went directly from her bachelor's degree to the doctoral program at Rutgers University.[2] She was awarded a PhD in 2008, with a dissertation titled, Molecular and morphological systematics of Libelluloidea (Odonata: Anisoptera) and Dictyoptera.[9]

Ware was married to another entomologist.[2] She is now a single parent.[8]

Career[edit]

In 2010, she was appointed as an associate professor at Rutgers University.[2] She is also a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York,[4] and the National Museum of Natural History.[2] Ware contributed to a major study of the phylogenomics of insect evolution,[6] and developed molecular phylogeny of hexapoda.[7] She has undertaken fieldwork in several continents.[2]

Ware is active in encouraging women and people from under-represented groups to become entomologists.[2][8] She was a featured speaker at the March for Science in Washington DC in 2017.[10][11][12][1] She is a contributor to Entomology Today,[13] and serves on the board of several entomological journals.[2]

Honors[edit]

Ware is the recipient of a National Science Foundation career grant,[14][15] as well as an Entomological Society of America Snodgrass Memorial Research Award,[16] which recognizes "outstanding research by a graduate student".[17] In 2008, she was one of the winners of the Entomological Society of America's John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award.[18] Ware currently serves on the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America, representing the SysEB section[19].

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lerner, Sharon (April 22, 2017). "Why They March: "Science and Scientists Are Now Under Attack"". The Intercept. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Riddick, EW; Samuel-Foo, M; Bryan, WW; Simmons, AM (2015). Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflections on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences. Entomological Society of America. pp. 120–121. ISBN 9780977620999.
  3. ^ "Profile: Jessica L. Ware". www.ncas.rutgers.edu. Rutgers–Newark Colleges of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Jessica Ware". AMNH. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. ^ Sánchez-Herrera, Melissa; Ware, Jessica L (2012). "Biogeography of Dragonflies and Damselflies: Highly Mobile Predators". In Stevens, Laurence. Global Advances in Biogeography. Rijeka, Croatia: Intech. pp. 291–306. ISBN 978-953-51-0454-4. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b Misof, B; Liu, S; Meusemann, K; Peters, RS; Donath, A; Mayer, C; Frandsen, PB; Ware, J; Flouri, T; Beutel, RG; Niehuis, O; Petersen, M; Izquierdo-Carrasco, F; Wappler, T; Rust, J; Aberer, AJ; Aspöck, U; Aspöck, H; Bartel, D; Blanke, A; Berger, S; Böhm, A; Buckley, TR; Calcott, B; Chen, J; Friedrich, F; Fukui, M; Fujita, M; Greve, C; Grobe, P; Gu, S; Huang, Y; Jermiin, LS; Kawahara, AY; Krogmann, L; Kubiak, M; Lanfear, R; Letsch, H; Li, Y; Li, Z; Li, J; Lu, H; Machida, R; Mashimo, Y; Kapli, P; McKenna, DD; Meng, G; Nakagaki, Y; Navarrete-Heredia, JL; Ott, M; Ou, Y; Pass, G; Podsiadlowski, L; Pohl, H; von Reumont, BM; Schütte, K; Sekiya, K; Shimizu, S; Slipinski, A; Stamatakis, A; Song, W; Su, X; Szucsich, NU; Tan, M; Tan, X; Tang, M; Tang, J; Timelthaler, G; Tomizuka, S; Trautwein, M; Tong, X; Uchifune, T; Walzl, MG; Wiegmann, BM; Wilbrandt, J; Wipfler, B; Wong, TK; Wu, Q; Wu, G; Xie, Y; Yang, S; Yang, Q; Yeates, DK; Yoshizawa, K; Zhang, Q; Zhang, R; Zhang, W; Zhang, Y; Zhao, J; Zhou, C; Zhou, L; Ziesmann, T; Zou, S; Li, Y; Xu, X; Zhang, Y; Yang, H; Wang, J; Wang, J; Kjer, KM; Zhou, X (7 November 2014). "Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution" (PDF). Science. 346 (6210): 763–7. PMID 25378627.
  7. ^ a b Kjer, Karl; Carle, Frank; Litman, Jesse; Ware, Jessica L (October 2006). "A molecular phylogeny of Hexapoda" (PDF). Arthropod Syst Phylogeny. 64 (1): 35–44. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Jessica Ware – Untamed Science". Untamed Science. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  9. ^ Ware, Jessica Lee (2008). Molecular and morphological systematics of Libelluloidea (Odonata: Anisoptera) and Dictyoptera. New Brunswick: Rutgers The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  10. ^ Fox, Maggie (22 April 2017). "March for Science Demonstrators Say They're the Real Patriots". NBC News. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  11. ^ Lerner, Laurence (24 April 2017). "Professor Jessica Ware Gets Featured Speaker Slot at March for Science". Rutgers University News. Rutgers University. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  12. ^ Yong, Ed (April 23, 2017). "How the March for Science Finally Found Its Voice". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  13. ^ "Jessica Ware – Entomology Today". entomologytoday.org. Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Prof. Jessica Ware (SEBS '08) Wins Prestigious NSF Early CAREER Award". Rutgers University. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  15. ^ "NSF Award Search". nsf.gov. National Science Foundation. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Winners of the SysEB Section Snodgrass Memorial Research Award". www.entsoc.org. Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) Snodgrass Memorial Research Award". www.entsoc.org. Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Winners of the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award". www.entsoc.org. Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Jessica L. Ware | Entomological Society of America". entsoc.org. Retrieved 2017-11-17.

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