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Tessa Pierce Ward

NSF Postdoc in dib-lab at UC Davis

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I’m an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab for data-intensive biology at UC Davis, advised by Titus Brown. My work focuses on building bioinformatic tools to enable ecological and evolutionary genome and transcriptome analyses, particularly in non-model species. For more, go here. I’m particularly interested in bringing more diverse perspectives into marine science and omics work, and teach bioinformatics and genomics workshops through The Carpentries and at Davis (DIBSI, Non-model RNAseq).

in 2017, I received my PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, advised by Ron Burton and Terry Gaasterland. I conducted interdisciplinary research focusing on the response of the California market squid, Doryteuthis opalescens, to low oxygen and low pH conditions. For more, go here. As part of TIDES (Team for Inclusion of Diversity in Education and Science), I worked towards the recruitment and hiring of a diversity officer and building a plan for improving campus climate at SIO.

You can also find me nerding out over coffee and books, or hiking across hillsides with my incredible dog, Loba.