Jessica Brandt joined Marian in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department after earning an M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research integrates field and laboratory components to answer questions of population genetics and genomics, conservation management, and molecular ecology. In between degrees she worked as an avian field technician and as a veterinary molecular diagnostic specialist. She currently enjoys teaching a variety of biology courses, including introductory biology, anatomy and physiology, and genetics. The main goal of her classes is to make biology accessible and relevant to every student. Beyond the class she and her husband spend time chasing after her own personal genetics experiments – Lily and Jack. Her exploratory nature leads her to run, venture outdoors, and travel whenever possible.