Jessica Philbrick

Division of Biological Sciences
226 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211

email: japc6f<at>



Research Interests

I am extremely excited to have worked in the Eggert lab since April 2010! As an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, as well as a minor in Anthropology and certificate in Environmental Studies.

In the time since I joined the Eggert lab, I have learned a great deal about the field of Molecular Ecology, and have loved every moment of it. I started off helping with a variety of projects in the lab, including landscape genetics of native salamanders and parasite-host interactions in ticks and raccoons. Now, I am working independently on a study of the nature of male-biased dispersal patterns in African forest elephants through analysis of their mitochondrial DNA.

After completing my undergraduate work, I hope to continue my education by pursuing a Master’s or PhD in conservation ecology. My ultimate goal is to conduct research on how humans impact populations and ecosystems, and how this relates to conservation.