Throughout my life I have sought opportunities to combine my love of science, art, and adventure. The more I learned, the more I began to understand the importance of conservation and sustainability. I strive to make eco-conscious choices for as many aspects of my life as possible, from what I eat to how I travel, plan events and design research and educational activities. Art and science are extraordinarily complementary fields; through science, I seek to understand the beauty of nature. Though most of my academic training has been in science, I have always made time to improve and expand my skills in illustration, art, and design.
After earning my PhD in 2008 I embarked on a variety of research, education and consulting projects in addition to renewing my artistic passions. Throughout these pages you will find examples of the projects and passtimes I have taken on. For an overview of these see Portfolio. For more details on my consulting services, see Consulting.
Academic and Professional Preparation
- PhD: University of California, Los Angeles- Biology (Sensory anatomy and physiology of stingrays)
- BS: Cornell University- Biology (Marine science and illustration)
- California Institute of Technology, postdoctoral scholar in bioengineering
- Florida Atlantic University, postdoctoral research scientist, shark lab
- Jordan, L.K., 2008. Journal of Morphology Comparative morphology of stingray lateral line canal and electrosensory systems.
Jordan, L.K., Kajiura, S.M., and Gordon, M.S. 2009. Functional consequences of structural differences in stingray sensory systems. Part I: mechanosensory lateral line canals.
Jordan, L.K., Kajiura, S.M., and Gordon, M.S. 2009. Functional consequences of structural differences in stingray sensory systems. Part II: electrosensory system.
Lauritzen, D.V., Hertel, F., Gordon, M.S., and Jordan, L.K. 2010. Salmon jumping: behaviour, kinematics, and optimal conditions, with possible implications for fish passageway design.
Jordan, L.K., Mandelman, J.W., and Kajiura, S.M. 2011. Behavioral responses to weak electric fields and a lanthanide metal in two shark species.
Jordan, L.K., Mandelman, J.W., McComb, D.M., Fordham, S.V., Carlson J.K., and Werner, T. Linking sensory biology and fisheries bycatch reduction in elasmobranch fishes: a review with new directions for research
University Teaching Experience
- UCLA: Lecturer, Living Oceans. Undergraduate, non-majors General Education with discussion section
- Mira Costa College: Associate Professor, Marine Biology. Undergraduate majors & non-majors, with lab
- UCLA: Instructor, Myths and truths of elasmobranch biology. Undergraduate GE writing/discussion based course
- Shoals Marine Laboratory: Teaching assistant, Underwater research
- UCLA: Teaching Assistant, Marine vertebrate ecophysioogy, Vertebrate biology, Marine science, Vertebrate morphology, Life: Concepts & Issues
- Shoals Marine Laboratory: Teaching assistant, Field marine science
- Cornell University: Undergraduate teaching assistant, Biochemistry
To learn about classes I have designed and taught at the University level, including sample syllabi, see Undergraduate Course: Living Oceans for a lecture based class and Undergraduate Seminar: Sharks, skates, and rays, oh my! Myths and truths of elasmobranch biology for a writing seminar.
High School Teaching Experience
- Sea Education Association: Teaching assistant, Oceanography of the Southern California Bight, Marine ecology
- The Webb Schools: Instructor, Biology
- Phillips Exeter Academy: Teaching intern, Biology & Marine biology
For an example of a high school level curriculum I designed, see 9th grade level introduction to biology and integrative science
Other Teaching, Outreach, and Outdoor Education Activities
- World Below the Waves: Co-founder, workshop development, website design
- Operation Wallacea: Science coordinator, coral reef ecology instructor, SCUBA
- Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Volunteer educator and aquarist, Marine biology & conservation
- San Diego Oceans Foundation: Instructor & volunteer, Marine vertebrate biology, snorkeling tours
- Stoked Los Angeles: Volunteer, snowboarding
- Shoals Marine Lab & UCLA: Diving & teaching assistant, AAUS SCUBA diving certification
- Wrigley Marine Science Center: Graduate intern, lab tours, snorkeling, kayaking
- Rustic Pathways: Consultant- marine biology program, SCUBA diving
- Longacre Expeditions: Staff, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding
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