Devin K. Jones
Devin Jones is currently a third year Ph.D. student, and a recent transfer from the University of Pittsburgh. Devin’s career as an environmental scientist began with Dr. Rick Relyea as an undergraduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. While an undergraduate assistant, he was introduced to numerous research projects involving sexual selection, phenotypic plasticity, and ecotoxicology gaining experience in experimental design, animal husbandry, and experimental techniques. Devin used this knowledge and experience during his year as an NSF REU student in the Relyea lab. He continued on to serve as lab technician for one year and spent three years at Virginia Tech in a master’s program before returning to Pitt and the Relyea lab in 2012 to obtain his doctoral degree. In 2014, after passing his comprehensive exam, Devin made the decision to follow Dr.Relyea to Rensselaer PolytechnicInstitute to continue his dissertation.
Devin’s research is focused on the effects of anthropogenic stressors within aquatic communities. In essence, his work involves the fields of ecotoxicology, phenotypic plasticity, and evolution. His dissertation research is focused on investigating the trade-offs associated with inducing a novel plastic response to sublethal chemical exposure in amphibians.
He is also involved with a number of collaborative efforts with members of both Purdue University and Oregon State University examining the trade-offs of induced chemical tolerance and natural stressors, and the interactive effects of pesticide exposure and chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) on a number of North American amphibian species, respectively.
When not in the lab or attending to mesocosm experiments, Devin enjoys hiking and fishing. He is also an avid fan of videogames, and enjoys spending time with his family in Pittsburgh.
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