Science Director, CRI
Dr. Jessica Orlofske’s research encompasses invertebrate ecology and conservation with an emphasis on the application of aquatic invertebrates for monitoring ecosystem health. Dr. Orlofske specializes in integrating invertebrate life-history characteristics (functional traits) with traditional taxonomic information to enhance the sensitivity and diagnostic ability of biomonitoring programs. Additionally, Dr. Orlofske incorporates similar functional trait approaches to understand the vulnerability and viability of imperiled invertebrates. Her recent projects include the bioassessment of a Great Lakes watershed, monitoring ecosystem recovery following coastal wetland restoration, and biodiversity and risk assessment of threatened and endangered riverine dragonflies (Odonata).