Fall 2013 - present. PhD candidate in the Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics concentration in the Animal Sciences department, in Dr. Anna Kukekova's laboratory.
MS, 2012: Comparative Biomedical Sciences, "Stress in hospitalized dogs"
AB, History and Literature of the Middle Ages, 1995
University of Florida, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, completed 2013
Managed complicated structured data, for online publishing and other ventures, using XML, SQL, Java, PHP, Perl, AJAX, and other technologies
Wrote tools to transform printed material into online version.
Acted as chief architect of a science blogging indexing site which aims to provide order to the chaos of the science blogosphere
Maintain blog about the stress response in mammals, canine behavior, canine domestication, shelter medicine, animal welfare, and other topics
Taught online class on introductory genetics (assuming prior genetics knowledge at high school level or less) for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Assisted Dr. Anna Kukekova with her class for upper-level undergraduates. Developed presentation topics for students, presented quizzes using student response system (iClicker), and lectured on shelter medicine and behavior problems in dogs and cats. Spring 2014.
Hekman, Jessica P., Alicia Z. Karas, and Claire R. Sharp. "Psychogenic Stress in Hospitalized Dogs: Cross Species Comparisons, Implications for Health Care, and the Challenges of Evaluation." Animals 4, no. 2 (2014): 331-347. Open access
Hekman, Jessica P., Alicia Z. Karas, and Nancy A. Dreschel. "Salivary cortisol concentrations and behavior in a population of healthy dogs hospitalized for elective procedures." Applied Animal Behaviour Science (2012). Open access on PMC