Jessica Purcell Portrait

Name: Prof. Jessica Purcell (see CV)
Research: We are interested in understanding why social lifestyles evolve and persist in some organisms. To do this, we study the advantages and disadvantages of sociality in a variety of insects, including ants, bees, and wasps, and also in spiders! One approach that we use is to identify and study genes that shape different social behaviors. We also conduct experiments in the field and in the lab to investigate specific advantages of cooperation, including social immunity, task allocation, and collective response to emergencies.
Expertise: Social Immunity, Population Genetics, Social Evolution

Publications: Website, Google ScholarORCID
Contact me: jessica.purcell@ucr.edu
Lab Website: click here