Lab Manager/Research Biologist
As a Lab Manager and Research Biologist, Jessica assists with many of the student and postdoctoral research projects in the Cooke lab.
Some of her responsibilities include:
- Provide field work support throughout the year
- Prepare reports for partners and participate in the peer-review process (edit, revise and contribute to manuscripts
- Assist with grant proposal writing and coordination
- Lab safety
- Maintenance and repair of equipment
Jessica is also a project manager at the Canadian Centre for Evidence Based Conservation and Environmental Management that is based in the Cooke Lab. In that role, Jessica conducts evidence syntheses, including systematic reviews and systematic maps, under the guidance of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) for clients here in Canada including Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Parks Canada as well as abroad in Sweden and the United Kingdom. Jessica is also an endorsed CEE trainer and has co-developed an introductory evidence synthesis workshop. Since 2017, Jessica has been the Communications Officer for the CEE and in 2018 stepped in as the Secretary of the CEE Board of Trustees.
M.Sc., Biology, Carleton University (2012-2014)
Supervisors: Dr. Steve Cooke and Dr. William Willmore
Thesis: Effects of maternal oxidative stress and gametic cortisol exposure on Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) offspring
Honours B. Sc., Biochemistry, Ottawa University (2007-2012)
Lab Publications (28)
Twardek, W.M., E.A. Nyboer, D. Tickner, C.M. O’Connor, N.W.R. Lapointe, M.K. Taylor, I. Gregory-Eaves, J.P. Smol, A.J. Reid, I.F. Creed, V.M. Nguyen, A.K. Winegardner, J.N. Bergman, J.J. Taylor, T. Rytwinski, A.L. Martel, A.R. Drake, S.A. Robinson, J. Marty, J.R. Bennett and S.J. Cooke. In Press. Mobilizing practitioners to support the Emergency Recovery Plan for freshwater biodiversity. Conservation Science and Practice. 00:000-000.
Rytwinski, T., L.A. Kelly, L.A. Donaldson, J.J. Taylor, A. Smith, D.A.R. Drake, A.L. Martel, J. Geist, T.J. Morris, A.L. George, A.J. Dextrase, J.R. Bennett and S.J. Cooke. In Press. What evidence exists for evaluating the effectiveness of conservation-oriented captive breeding and release programs for imperilled freshwater fishes and mussels? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 00:000-000.
Thomas-Walters, L., E.A. Nyboer, J.J.Taylor, T. Rytwinski, J.F. Lane, N. Young, J.R. Bennett, V.M. Nguyen, N. Harron, S.M. Aitken, G. Auld, D. Browne, A.L. Jacob, K. Prior, P.A. Smith, K.E. Smokorowski and S.M. Alexander and S.J. Cooke. 2021. An optimistic outlook on the use of evidence syntheses to inform environmental decision making. Conservation Science and Practice. 00:000-000.
Taylor, J.J., T. Rytwinski, A. Smith, M. Piczak, S. Garden, R. Lennox, and S.J. Cooke. 2021. A synthesis of DFO contributions to freshwater fish habitat science since the 1950s. A report submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Henri, D.A., J.F. Provencher, E. Bowles, J.J. Taylor, J. Steel, C. Chelick, J.N. Popp, S.J. Cooke, T. Rytwinski, D. McGregor, A.T. Ford and S.M. Alexander. In Press. Weaving Indigenous knowledge systems and Western sciences in terrestrial research, monitoring, and management in Canada: a protocol for a systematic map. Ecological Solutions and Evidence. 00:000-000.
Bertinato, J., J.R. Simpson, L. Sherrard, J.J. Taylor, L.J. Plouffe, D. Van Dyke, M. Geleynse, Y.Y. Dam, P. Murphy, C. Knee, L. Vresk, N. Holland, H. Quach, D. R. Mack, M. Cooper, M. R. L’Abbe, and S. Hayward. 2013. “Zinc Supplementation Does Not Alter Sensitive Biomarkers of Copper Status in Healthy Boys” Journal of Nutrition 143(3): 284-289
Bertinato, J., J.J. Taylor. 2013 “Mineral Concentrations in Bottled Water Products: Implications for Canadian’s Mineral Intakes” Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 74(1): 46-50
Massarsky, A., L. Dupuis, J.J. Taylor, S. Eisa-Beygi, L. Strek, V.L. Trudeau, T.M. Moon. 2013. “Assessment of nanosilver toxicity during zebrafish (Danio rerio) development” Chemosphere 92(1): 59-66
Cassone, C.G., J.J. Taylor, J.M. O’Brien, A. Williams, C.L. Yauk, D. Crump and S.W. Kennedy. 2012. “Transcriptional Profiles in the Cerebral Hemisphere of Chicken Embryos Following In Ovo Perfluorohexane Sulfonate Exposure” Toxicological Sciences 129(2): 380-391