Jacob S. Francis
Department of Biology MS314
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University Of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89557 MS314
Fall 2013- present: Ph.D. Candidate The University of Nevada Reno. Advisor: Anne Leonard. Department of Biology, Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology.
2007-2011: B.S. The University of North Carolina at Asheville. Advisors: Jonathan Horton, David Clarke, and Jennifer Ward. Biology, Concentration: Ecology and Evolution, Summa Cum Laude, Distinction as a Research Scholar and Honors Scholar.
Leonard AS, Francis JS. 2017. Plant-animal communication: past, present and future. Evolutionary Ecology. DOI:10.1007/s10682-017-9884-5.
Muth F, Francis JS, Leonard AS. 2016. Bees use taste to determine which flowers to visit. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0356.
Francis JS, Muth F, Papaj DR, Leonard AS. 2016. Nutritional complexity and the structure of bee foraging bouts. Behavioral Ecology. 27(3).
Horton J, Francis JS. 2014. Using Dendroecology to Examine the Effect of Celastrus orbiculatus invasion on Liriodendron tulipifera Growth. Am. Mid. Nat. 172(1):25-36.
July 2016: Animal Behavior Society Meeting. Colombia, MO. Francis JS, Muth F, Papaj DR, Leonard AS. Do ecologically realistic rewards shape pollinator foraging?
Aug 2015: Ecological Society of America 100th annual meeting. Balitmore, MD. Contributed Oral Presentation. Francis JS, Muth F, Papaj DR, Leonard AS. Bumblebees balance colony demand and floral feedback when structuring foraging bouts.
Mar 2015: Regional Animal Behavior Student Research Conference. Davis, CA. Oral Presentation. Francis JS. Nutritional Complexity and the composition and structure of bumblebee foraging bouts.
Aug 2014: Ecological Society of America 99th annual meeting. Sacramento, CA. Poster Presentation. Francis JS, Muth F, Papaj DR, Leonard AS. Separating pollinator constancy into flowers and rewards: A new look at an old phenomenon.
Apr. 2014: Entomological Society of America- Pacific Branch meeting. Tucson AZ. Invited Oral Session. Francis JS. Bumblebee foraging on complex floral rewards.
Apr 2012: Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting. Athens, GA. Poster Presentation: Francis JS. The successes and challenges of creating a cooperative multi-state inquiry-based environmental education curriculum: a case study from northern W. Va and PA.
Aug 2011: ESA 96th annual meeting, Austin, TX. Organized Oral Session: Pair Power Collaboration with ESA’s Next Generation of Ecologists (i.e. undergraduates) as evidence of Earth Stewardship. Invited Oral Session: J Rhode Ward, JS Francis, JL Horton, and HD Clarke. Creating a research-infused botanical curriculum at a public liberal arts university
Aug 2011: ESA 96th annual meeting Austin TX. Poster Presentation: JS Francis, and JL Horton. Using Dendroecology to determine the effect of Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb. (Oriental bittersweet) on Liriodendron tulipifera L. (Tulip poplar) growth.
Mar 2011: National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Ithaca, NY. Oral Presentation: JS Francis. Using Dendroecology to determine the effect of Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb. (Oriental bittersweet) on Liriodendron tulipifera L. (Tulip poplar) growth.
Academic Awards and Honors
Research: $5150 | Travel: $3720 | Scholarship: $139,100
2016: Northern California Botanist research Scholarship ($1000)
2016: Animal Behavior Society Student Travel Grant ($800)
2014: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($134,000)
2014: UNR Graduate Student Poster Competition 3rd place ($100)
2014: UNR Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation biology research grant ($450)
2013-2016: UNR Graduate travel grants (3-$1700)
2012: University of Nevada College of Science Dean’s Scholar ($5000)
2011: Harry H. Johnston Award for Excellence in Biology UNCA
2011: University of North Carolina at Asheville Honors Scholar
2011: University of North Carolina at Asheville Research Scholar
2010-2011: University of North Carolina at Asheville Undergraduate Research Travel Grant (2-$1216)
2010: University of North Carolina at Asheville Undergraduate Research Grant ($2500)
2009: John and Elizabeth Izard Scholarship to Support Botanical Research in WNC ($1200)
Work and Teaching Experience
2016- Instructor of Record, University of Nevada: Field Ecology
2014-2016 Guest Lecturer, University of Nevada Reno: Entomology, Neuroscience, How Science Works, Ecology.
August 2013-December 2013: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nevada Reno- Principles of Biological Investigation. Led two lab sections (~45 students). Duties included lecturing, guiding lab activities, and grading writing and speaking assignments.
Sept 2011-August 2013: Director of Environmental Education, Schrader Environmental Education Center, Wheeling, WV. Helped develop and delivered an inquiry-based environmental education curriculum that spanned two states and served over 1500 students.
May 2011-Sept 2011: Summer Program Specialist, Schrader Environmental Education Center, Wheeling, WV. Responsible for developing and delivering public programing on natural history, general ecology, invasive species, etc. Directly interacted with more than 2000 members of the public.
Jan 2011-Mar 2011: Super Saturday Instructor, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Helped develop and deliver introductory biological curriculum to small groups (~30) of elementary school students. Reached roughly 200 students.
Aug. 2010-May 2011: Lab Assistant, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Assisted with the instruction of two lab courses, Bio 116: Principles of Cellular and Molecular biology and Bio 211: Principles of Botany
Manuscript Reviewer for New Phytologist, American Naturalist, Evolutionary Ecology, and Apidologie.
2015 American Museum of Natural History Bee Course. SWRS, Portal AZ.
2016: “Our Native Bees”, University of Nevada Museum of Natural History’s National Pollinator Week celebration.
2015: Led two research experiences for Dogherty Science Interns: a collaborative program with the UNR colleges of Science and Education for pre-service science teachers.
2015: Presented at Nevada Museum of Natural History’s National Pollinator Week celebration.
2015: Public presentation: “Native pollinators of Nevada”. Urban Roots Teaching Farm’s National Pollinator Week celebration.
2014: Public presentation: “Our native pollinators (with a special focus on bees)”. Great Basin Community Food Co-Op National Pollinator week celebrations.
2013: Collaborated with Nevada Bugs and Butterflies to present information on pollinators at Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum’s pollinator days .
2013: Public presentation: “Think small: the interspecific world of plant sex”. Ohio County Master Gardeners.
Competent in R, Perl, Unix. Familiar with BUGS, JAGS.
Curriculum design (Elementary and Secondary), NGSS standards-aligned for secondary students
Volunteer Activities and Interests
2015: Member of Diversity in Sciences working group UNR.
2015-2016: Organizer of the Plant Animal Interactions Graduate Reading Group (PAInt) at University of Nevada Reno.
2013-2016: Volunteer with Nevada Bugs and Butterflies, helping with public outreach related to native pollinators of Nevada.
2009-2011: Multi-year volunteer with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership, helping with mechanical and chemical control of invasive species
President (2010-2011 academic year) and Vice President (2009-2010 academic year) of Missing Links Biology Club (University of North Carolina at Asheville)