Dr. Shalene Jha
Academic Director of Research
Dr. Jha received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied plant and pollinator ecology in southern Mexico and the western United States. She joined the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and immediately began collaborating with colleagues at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to quantify the impacts of human land management practices on native plant and insect communities, pollinator foraging biology, and resulting ecosystem services.
As the Academic Director of Research at the Wildflower Center, Dr. Jha develops and supports collaborative research opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows working at the Center. She also co-leads the College of Natural Sciences’ InSTInCT REU program and manages the annual Jean Andrews Lecture Series, a public science engagement event celebrating biodiversity.