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Jessica Alice Farrell

Postdoctoral associate, University of Florida

I earned my BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield (UK) with a year abroad at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, USA). I was then lucky enough to complete an internship at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science in Australia, working with the team leading the Marine Cloud Brightening initiative to mitigate coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. In 2017 I joined the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and Sea Turtle Hospital, where I completed my PhD focusing on investigating the fibropapillomatosis (FP) panzootic in sea turtles, with a particular emphasis on the application of environmental (e)-DNA. After graduating in 2022 I went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, and then returned to the Whitney Laboratory to continue my postdoctoral work in eDNA and sea turtle conservation.


  • –present
    Biology PhD Student, University of Florida


  • 2016 
    University of Sheffield, BSc with Honors Biological Sciences