Dr. Shultz has loved animals her whole life, and fell in love with birds during her undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She is a native Southern Californian, and loves the diversity of habitats (and birds!) available in a very small geographic area! She credits her artistic eye for first drawing her to studying bird coloration, but now that is one of her main fascinations.
Jessie studies the phylogenetics and evolution of birds, especially Bobwhite Quail. She is working with Dr. Shultz and Dr. Kayce Bell for her postdoc, asking questions about the evolution of bobwhite feather patterns and microstructure, and the morphology and evolutionary history of their feather lice.