Senior Lecturer of Biological Sciences
As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Gilpin is currently an instructor for the Introductory Biology courses and labs (1510/1510L, 1511, 1512). Her research focus is in Caribbean coral reef ecosystems and she studies the life history traits and behavior of cleaner shrimps that associate with sea anemones. She received her B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University in 2012 and her Ph.D.in Marine Biology from Auburn University in 2017. Before starting her lectureship, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Sciences and Mathematics Outreach Department at Auburn University where she was an integral part of planning and executing K-12 STEM outreach programs and teacher trainings. Throughout her career she has taught introductory biology lectures for majors as well as a wide range of other biology laboratory courses as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Jessica is also a certified scientific diver and Scuba Schools International Assistant Diving Instructor. She is excited to combine her passions of research and service into her teaching career at Vanderbilt University!