Jennifer A. Dever
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco CA, 94117
Ph.D., Zoology (2000)
Texas Tech University, Lubbock,
Major Advisor, Llewellyn D.
Dissertation Title: Examination of genetic structure in wild
populations of Morelet’s crocodile
(Crocodylus moreletii) in Belize, Central America.
M. A., Biology (1994)
B. S., Natural Resources
Ball State University, Muncie,
Director, PSM in Biotechnology, University of San Francisco, 2011-Present
University of San Francisco, 2002 – Present
Research Associate of the California Academy of the Sciences, 2006 – Present
Chair, M.S. Biology Program, Fall 2003 – Spring 2013
Director, University Scholars Program, Fall 2007 – Spring 2013
2000 – 2002
University of San Francisco, 2002 –
Associate Professor of Biology
Conservation Biology – Fall, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, Spring 2007, 2006, 2005,
2004 and 2003
Evolution - Fall, 2013, 2011 - Spring 2012
Herpetology – Spring 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, Fall, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003
Female Biology – Fall, 2012, 2009, 2006 and 2005
Principles of Genetics – Spring 2010, 2007, 2005,
2004 and Fall 2002
Principles of Biology I – Fall, 2010, 2004
Introductory Biology – Fall, 2010, 2003 and 2002
Molecular Gastronomy (Chem 110), April 2011, Guest lectured on the fishing industry and conservation.
Biology I, May 2006, Guest lectured on ecology.
Forum “The Material Body: Medicine, Aesthetics and American Values”,
April 2005, Guest lectured on eugenics and ethics in
Class, “Romanticism and Revolution”, November, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004, and 2003- Guest lectured on
Charles Darwin and natural selection.
Biology I, November 2002, Guest lectured
on Mendelian inheritance.
Biology I, October 2002, Guest lectured on photosynthesis.
Curriculum Development, New
- Developed a totally unique and new graduate program for the Biology department which combines both molecular biology courses with business courses for students who want to go directly into a career in biotechnology without going on for a Ph.D./post-Doc.
- Biotechnology Internship Seminar – A 1 unit core requirement for the PSM in Biotechnology. Students examine career goals and work on job acquiring skills (e.g. resume writing, cover letter writing, networking, interviewing).
- Conservation Biology – An upper division course
that emphasizes the principles of the emerging field of conservation
biology. Limited to Biology Majors,
this is a field course and students organize and lead on-site visits to
local conservation organizations.
Additionally it is a service learning course and students are
required to complete 30 hours of service with a local non-governmental
- Female Biology- An upper division course limited
to Biology Majors that examines the genetic, physiological, behavioral and
evolutionary aspects of female biology.
This is also a service learning course, and students are required
to complete a minimum of 60 hours of service work at local non-profit
health-related organizations that cater specifically to women. This course also contributes to the Gender
and Sexualities Minor.
- Herpetology – An upper division field course for
Biology Majors that includes a survey of California reptiles and
amphibians. An emphasis is placed
on evolutionary relationships, species diversity, morphology and
physiology, ecological relationships and conservation aspects of this wide
- Introductory Biology – A lower division, special
course that was designed by the request of the Biology Department to
target incoming students lacking a science background.
Jessica Weidenback, Master of Science, Biology, 2011-present
Tugba Colak, Master of Science, Biology 2006 - 2008
Lance Stapleton, Master of
Science, Biology 2005 – 2007
Kristy Hinchman, Honors,
Biology 2003 - 2004
Linqi Zhou, Master of Science, Chemistry 2002 – 2003
Lander University, 2000 –
Assistant Professor of
Genetics – Spring, 2001 and 2002
Molecular Biology – Fall 2001
General Biology II, Fall 2001 and Spring 2002
General Biology I, Fall 2001 and Spring 2002
The main focus of my research deals with conservation genetics issues. I am concerned with the genetic diversity of threatened populations and have been using molecular techniques (DNA gene sequences, microsatellites, and RAPDs) to determine genetic structure of populations and determine evolutionary history within and among species. Using phylogenetic tools I am interested in identifying unique amphibian species.
W. Matt Wong, 2011-2012
Marla Lucas, 2011-2012
Baiyang Han, 2009-2010
Sabrina Cordona, 2009
- 2006 - 2008
Paul Bianchi -
- 2006 - 2007
Zachary Lo – 2005 - 2006
Sharlene Mateo – 2005-2006
Natalie Lowry – 2004 to 2005
Karl Takabayashi – 2004-2005
Michell Curtin – 2002 –
Tiffany Yim – 2002 – 2003
/ Research Assistants
Hai Ngyuen, Spring 2013-present
Marissa Lafler, 2009 - 2011, M.S. completed
Ryan Peek, 2008
- 2010, M.S. completed
Joseph Poch, 2003-2005, M.S.
Sara Ramsay, 2003-2005, M.S.
Directed Studies – BIOL 498, Research
for Advanced Undergraduates
Theresa Soley, Literature Review: Central American Porcupine Reintroduction - 1 Unit, Spring 2011
Lina Castro, Research:
Conservation Genetics of R. boylii –
1 Unit, Fall 2004
Tiffany Yim, Research/Lit.
Review: Conservation Genetics of R.
boylii – 2 Units, Spring 2003
Michell Curtin, Research:
Genetic Diversity of Belding’s Ground Squirrels – 2 Units, Fall 2002
- University of San Francisco Faculty Development Grants – 2002, 2003, 2004,
, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Lander Foundation Grant – 2001 and 2002
- Helen Hodges Scholarship, Helen Hodges Foundation
- Best Student Poster Award, Texas Genetics Society, 26th
Annual Meeting, 1999
Funding Proposals Submitted But Not
- NSF 04-23
Exploring the relationship between habitat quality and genetic diversity
in a threatened frog species. (PI). 2006.
- California Department of Fish and Game, Genetic
diversity in a threatened frog species. (PI), 2005
- NSF, Genetic structure and gene flow in an amphibian
species of special concern: the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii). (PI), 2005
- Lily Drake Foundation, Inbreeding and disease susceptibility
in Rana boylii (Foothill yellow
legged frog). (PI), 2004
- NSF, Genetic diversity and gene flow in Rana boylii populations of the Eel River and its tributaries. (PI), 2003
- NSF, Examination of genetic diversity in two study
organisms: captive-bred Red Pandas and wild populations of American Alligator.
Dever, J. A., H. Nguyen, and J. Wilkinson. In Prep. Rediscovery and rediscription of Theloderma phyrnoderma (Ahl, 1920) (Amphiba:Anura:Rhachoporidae) in southern Myanmar.
Dever, J. A, Fuiten, A.,Konum, O. and J. Wilkinson (2012). Cryptic Torrent Frogs of Myanmar: An Examination of the Amolops marmoratus Species Complex with the Resurrection of Amolops afghanus and the Identification of a New Species. Copeia 2012(1):57-76.
J. D., D. Rodriguez, T. Rainwater, J. A. Dever, S. G. Platt, S. T.
McMurry, M. R. J. Forstner and L.D. Densmore, (2008), Evidence of multiple
paternity in Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in Belize, CA, inferred
from microsatellite markers. J. of Exp. Zool.
(2007) Fine-scale genetic structure in the threatened Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii). Journal of Herpetology
D. A., J. A. Dever, S. G. Platt, T. R. Rainwater, A. G. Finger, S.
T. McMurry, M. A., Batzer, B. Barr, P. J. Stafford, J. McKnight, and L. D.
Densmore (2004). Low Levels of Nucleotide Diversity in Crocodylus moreletii
and Evidence of Hybridization with C. acutus. Conservation Genetics
C., T. R. Rainwater, J. A. Dever, S. G. Platt, S. T. McMurry, and T.A.
Anderson (2004). Organochlorine pesticides in chorioallantoic membranes of
Morelet's crocodile eggs from Belize.
Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40(3):493-500.
R. E. Strauss, T. R. Rainwater, S. T. McMurry, and L. D. Densmore (2002).
Genetic diversity, population subdivision and gene flow in wild populations
of Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in
. Copiea 2002 (4):1078-1091.
and L. D. Densmore (2001). Microsatellites in Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus
moreletii) and their utility in addressing crocodilian population genetics
questions. Journal of Herpetology 35(3):541-544.
Professional Papers: International, National, and Regional
Peek, R. and J. A. Dever (2010). Landscape Genetics of Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (Rana boylii) in Regulated and Unregulated Rivers: Assessing Connectivity and Genetic Fragmentation (Oral Presentation), Joint Meetings of the Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, Rhode Island.
Fuiten, A. and J. A. Dever,
(2008). New species of Amolops from Myanmar (Burma), (Poster), Joint Meetings
of the Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Canada.
Dever, J. A. (2006). The effect of habitat quality on genetic diversity
in a riparian frog species (Rana boylii), (Oral presentation), Abstract,
Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting, Humboldt State
Dever, J. A. and J. Poch (2005). Gene flow along the Eel River
- and examination of Rana boylii using mtDNA & RAPD markers, (Oral
presentation) Herpetology Group, UC Berkeley.
Dever, J. A. and J. Poch. (2005). Examination of genetic
structure in a threatened frog species (Rana boylii), (Oral
presentation) Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution,
ASN and SSB, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Curtin, M., S. Nunes, and J. A. Dever (2004). Mitochondrial variation of a Belding's ground
squirrel (Spermophilus beldingi) population, (Poster) Bay Area
Conservation Symposium, UC Davis.
J. A., L. Dueck, N. Dust and T.
Glenn (2001). Gene flow between 'subspecies' of captive red panda - Bridging
the gap, or burning the bridge? (Poster) Annual Meeting of the Society for
Conservation Biology, Honolulu,
Dever, J. A., D. A. Ray, T. R. Rainwater, R. E. Strauss, S. T.
McMurry, T. Anderson, and L. D. Densmore. (2001). Ecological genetics and
population structure of Morelet's crocodiles from Belize,
Central America. (Oral presentation) 16th
Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group, Gainesville, Florida.
J. A. and L. D. Densmore (2000).
Examination of genetic structure and gene flow in wild populations of Morelet's
crocodiles from Belize, Central America. (Oral presentation) Joint Meeting of
SSE, SSB, ATB, ASN, Bloomington
J. A. and L. D. Densmore (2000).
Examination of fine scale genetic structuring in two contiguous Morelet's
crocodile populations in Belize,
Central America. (Oral presentation) 80th
Meeting ASIH, LaPaz, B.C.S., Mexico.
Dever, J. A.
and L. D. Densmore (1999). Examination of genetic structuring from
mitochondrial DNA variation in Barred Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum
mavortium) populations, (Poster) 26th Annual Meeting of the Texas Genetics
Society, College Station, Texas.
Current research projects
- Study of the threatened Foothill Yellow-legged
frog (Rana boylii) in Mendocino National Forest, using molecular markers.
Research to be expanded into additional watersheds in California.
- Population genetics study of Belding's ground squirrels near Yosemite National Park: using microsatellites to determine genetic structure and relatedness. Data will be combined with a long-term play behavior study.
- Collaboration with the Herpetology Department at
the California Academy of Sciences: Myanmar
herpetological species diversity project to identify several new species
from the genus Amolops recently
collected in Myanmar
. We are combining morphological
characters with molecular markers to identify cryptic species.
Service to the Biology Department
- Program Director, Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology Program, 2011 -
- Chair, Term Faculty Search Committee for Biotech Program, 2012
- Chair, Graduate Program, 2003 – 2013
- Participant, Graduate Open House, 2003 – Present
- Kessel Award Committee, 2010, 2011
- Semester Award Committee, 2009, 2010
- Creator and Organizer, Brown Bag Discussion,
2003 – 2006
- Undergraduate Advisor, 2003 – Present
- Adjunct Genetics Instructor Search, 2005
- Phon-a-Thon, Admissions Office, 2003 – 2005
- Major/Minor Fair, 2004, 2003
- Search Committee, Molecular Biology, 2004
- Search Committee, Microbiology, 2003
- Member, Biostatistics Committee, 2003
- Summer Advisor, 2003
- Department Webmaster, 2002 – 2008
- Faculty Site Leader, Service-Learning for
Service to the University
Scholars Program Director, 2007 - 2013, Develop and direct new program
to increase retention of the Arts & Sciences University Scholar.
- Co-Creator, Organizer and Implementer, Teaching
Assistantship Workshop, 2003 – Present:
Assist in the development and presentation of an annual workshop
for incoming graduate Teaching Assistants.
- Member, Policy Board Committee, 2003 – Present
Executive Board Member (Secretary), 2007 - 2010
- Science Grievance Representative, Policy Board,
2005 - 2007
- Member, WASC Task Force, 2005 –2008
- Co-Chair, Working Group Three, WASC Task Force
Educational Effectiveness Review, Theme I, 2005 -2007
- Member, WASC Steering Committee, 2004 – 2005
- Member, University Life Committee of the Board
of Trustees, 2004 – 2006
- Mentor, New Faculty Member, 2005 – Present
- External Faculty Search Committee Member, Physics,
- Service-Learning Site Leader, Student Orientation,
- Panelist, International Student Orientation, 2005
- Participant, USF Allies Program
Service to the Community
- Creator, Organizer, and Supervisor, Science Mentor Program for
Economically Underprivileged Girls, 2005 - 2007
- Member, Nature Conservancy, 2004 - Present
- Member, Natural Resources Defense Council, 2003
- Participant, Habitat Restoration
- Women’s Community Clinic Support
- Fund Raiser, Hurricane Katrina
Service At Lander University
- Co-Advisor for the Lander Association of Biology
Students, 2000 – 2002: Advised the
Biology student organization, organized field trips and assisted in
organizing Earth Day events, led campus cleaning activities.
- Undergraduate Advisor
- Member, Faculty Senate, 2001 – 2002
- Member, General Education Committee, 2001 – 2002
Grant Proposal Reviewer
- E.E. Williams Graduate Student Research Grant - Reviewed 16 proposals submitted by graduate students for the research award for the Herpetologist's League, March 2012.
- Conservation Genetics, Testing for hybridization and assessing genetic diversity in Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) populations from central Veracruz, April 2013.
- Journal of Herpetology, Body condition of Morelet's crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii) from Northern Belize, September, 2011.
- Genome Biology and Evolution, A massively parallel sequencing approach uncovers ancient origins and high genetic variability of endangered Przewalski's horses, March, 2011.
- Journal of Herpetology, Mating systems and multiple paternity in the estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Dec. 2010.
- Conservation Genetics, Rangewide phylogeography of the wester U.S. endemic frog Rana boylii (Ranidae): Implications for the conservation of frogs and rivers, Dec. 2009.
of Herpetology, Analysis of the
population structure of Broad-Snouted Caiman (Caiman laitrostris) in
using the RAPD technique, May 2005.
- GENE, mNSC1 shows no evidence of protein-coding
capacity, September 2005.
Ecology, Evidence for site
fidelity and a recent genetic bottleneck in Crocodylus porosus
populations from the Kimberly region in Western Australia, April 2004.
- Ursus, Genetic variation and relatedness in grizzly
bears in the Prudhoe Bay region, January
- GENE, Reconciling the numbers: ESTs versus protein-coding genes, June
- Copeia, Genetic variability in Caiman crocodile and C.
yacare, March 2002.
- NSF, Division of Environmental Biology Proposal, Population structure and genetics of keystone predators in fragmented habitats: Crocodylus acutus in Guanacaste, Costa as a model system, September 2013.
- NSF, Biology and conservation of the turtle Podocnemis lewyana: A case study (amount requested ($268,639),
- NIH, Population structure of Schistosomes and host
snails, March 2003.
- Book Chapters, Focus
on Life Science, Glencoe Science McGraw Hill Publishers, 2005.
- Phylogenetic Analysis, new edition of General Biology by Scott Freeman,
Prentice Hall Publishers, 2004.
Member, American Society for Icthyology and Herpetology
Member, Society for the
Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Member, National Professional Masters of Science Association