Jessica L. Graham

Why I joined the ECS Ph.D. Program

 I joined the ECS Ph.D. Program to further develop my conservation knowledge and to adapt my own research so it will assist in conservation efforts through better understanding of how organisms adapt to changing environments.

My research

I am interested in the physiological mechanisms that influence seasonal timing decisions made at the individual level, and how those decisions affect behavior and reproductive success of offspring. Understanding these mechanisms will also help further our understanding of how species evolve and adapt to changing environments. Currently my study organism is the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis), a medium-sized, North American songbird that is a classic species used for the study of seasonality and speciation.