Dr Jayna DeVore
A08 - Heydon-Laurence Building
The University of Sydney
Jayna DeVore is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr. Rick Shine, based at the Tropical Ecology Field Station in the Northern Territories. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia (U.S.A), where she investigated the effects of Japanese stilt grass invasion on soil biogeochemistry, forest floor food webs, and amphibian performance. She previously held a postdoc with Dr. James E. Byers, researching the influences of a nonnative macroalga on marine communities. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she majored in biology and minored in Spanish, chemistry, and art.
Jayna's research generally focuses on how anthropogenic processes (such as nonnative species invasion) influence ecosystem processes and native fauna. She is especially interested in how invasion can alter native species performance in affected habitats through the modification of trophic interactions. She is currently investigating how these impacts may be modified through invader adaptions.
Teaching and supervision
Jayna is currently an instructor for Discover Abroad programs, administrated through the University of Georgia. She teaches marine ecology and conservation to student groups on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. She has a Certificate in University Teaching and has been responsible for lab instruction in number of courses, such as Biology of the Marine Environment, Herpetology, and Field Animal Behavior.
Jayna is currently investigating how phenotypic plasticity and evolution interact to facilitate the adaptation of invading cane toads to variable environments. She is also interested in how cues experienced during the tadpole stage influence performance, behavior, and intraspecific interactions post-metamorphosis.