Jesse is excited to join the Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology Program as a PhD candidate. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Penn State, a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Jesse’s master’s research focused on developing a technique to estimate the age of adult birds by quantifying the accumulation of the biochemical endproduct penstosidine. Jesse has clinical and field experience with an array of bird species.
While Jesse’s research interests exist under the umbrella of conservation medicine, his current work focuses on the physiologic impact of hydrocarbon exposure on birds. By combining animal health expertise and sound ecological principles, Jesse aims to approach research questions with ecosystem health as a foundation.
Fallon, J.A, Fox, L., Hopkins, W.A. 2013. Practical quantification method for Heinz bodies in birds applicable to rapid response field scenarios. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.