Jennifer Clark

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., Kent State University
Ph.D., Kent State University

213 Colton
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  • Kent State University (Zoology and Pre-medicine), B.S.
  • Kent State University (Ecology), Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology I: How Science Works
  • Introductory Biology II (lab): How Life Works
  • General Ecology
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Parasitology
  • Beginning Field Biology
  • FrogWatch USA Amphibian Monitoring
  • Insects and Society
  • First Year Seminar - The State of the World's Fisheries

Research Interests:

Conversion of land to agriculture and urban development is occurring worldwide and has dramatic impacts on the quality of aquatic ecosystems. Impacts of agriculture and urbanization on stream health have been well-studied, however, the mechanisms driving food web dynamics and the biological community needs more attention. Furthermore, the impacts of land use change on the response of individual species (invertebrates in particular) and feeding guilds are lacking. As land use increases in the future, management of stream habitat and biological communities will become increasingly more important in order to preserve and restore stream ecosystem health. For these management practices to be effective, enhanced understanding of the mechanisms driving in-stream food webs in response to surrounding land use is essential. Current projects include long-term monitoring of a restored stream and anthropogenic impacts on native and invasive species. 

Selected Publications:

*Bohls, P.A., *Nelson, M.T., *Cooper, K.N. and J.M. Clark. 2016. Effects of a controlled burn on butterfly diversity in a restored prairie. Ohio Biological Survey Notes

Clark, J.M. and M.T. Begley. 2015. Fight for your life: A classroom game of foraging, patch selection, and risk. The American Biology Teacher 77: 693-698.

Clark, J.M. and M.W. Kershner. 2013. Habitat-specific effects of particle size, current velocity, water depth, and predation risk on size-dependent crayfish distribution. Hydrobiologia 716: 103-114

Clark, J.M. and M.W. Kershner. 2011. Short- and long-term impacts of a major flood event on crayfish (Orconectes obscurus) in a forested stream. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 179: 225-233.

Clark, J.M., M.W. Kershner, and J.R. Holomuzki. 2008. Grain size and sorting effects on size-dependent responses by lotic crayfish to high flows. Hydrobiologia 610: 55-66.

Clark, J.M. and M.W. Kershner. 2006. Size-dependent effects of Visible Implant Elastomer marking on crayfish (Orconectes obscurus) growth, mortality, and tag retention. Crustaceana 79: 275-284.


*indicates undergraduate co-author that I have mentored


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