Jennifer Wollschlager, M.S.
M.S., Marine Biology and Systematics, Ohio State University, 2011
B.S., Marine Biology, Eckerd College, 2008
“I firmly believe in interacting with students outside of the classroom to answer questions and discuss difficult material.”
I have always been on a track to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. In the process of getting my undergraduate degree I developed an interest in physiology. As a result, I pursued opportunities to aid in teaching physiology courses at the Ohio State University. While teaching these courses I discovered a love for teaching, which led me to find UMR. I am thrilled to be teaching at a university with a strong learner-centered environment and to gain experience in teaching at such an innovative university.
While working on my Master’s degree, I taught a variety of courses. These included: Introductory Physiology, Animal Form and Function, Introductory Aquatic Biology, Diversity and Systematics of Organisms Laboratory, and Introductory Biology.
I will be aiding in the delivery of Anatomy and Physiology and Molecular Genetics as well as other Biology courses. I am excited to spend time directly interacting with students at the Just Ask Center as well. I firmly believe in interacting with students outside of the classroom to answer questions and discuss difficult material.
My research addressed a globally invasive hydrozoan, Cordylophora caspia. Despite significant genetic diversity it has not been split into genetically defined species due to it’s high physiological and morphological plasticity. All the characters used to define C. caspia change in relation to salinity and therefore are unreliable for classification. I explored nematocyst size and type as a possible morphological character for classification. Nematocysts are the stinging cells that all Cnidarians possess and may be informative for taxonomy, but may also be plastic. I found that nematocysts are not useful for classification of C. caspia species, but they are also not plastic in regards to salinity. Their size may be correlated to another factor, such as prey type and abundance.
Petzold, A.M., Wollschlager, J., and Dunbar, R.L. 2015. “Unlucky Chucky: The Effects of Curare, Botulinum Toxin and Sarin on the Neuromuscular Junction.” National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.
Wollschlager, J., Folino-Rorem, N., Daly, M. 2013. Nematocysts of the Invasive Hydroid Cordylophora caspia (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). Biol. Bull. 224:99-109.