Post-doc, Knight lab University of Colorado, Boulder
2007 Ph.D University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2000 B.S. University of Georgia, Chemistry, Biology Minor
Professional Experience2010 – current Post-doc, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2008 – 2010 Post-doc, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Adelaide, Australia
2003 – 2007 Contracts w/ Pisces Molecular LLC, CDOW, USFS, USFWS, RMNP
2001 - 2002 Teaching assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2005-2007 AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science
2003-2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
2001-2006 Research support from multiple, small grants totaling ~$15,000
1996- 2000 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Math, Science, and Engineering, UGA Chemistry Student of the Year, UGA Honors
Characterization of bacterial and fungal communities associated with corpse decomposition using next generation sequencing. 2012 - 2013. Department of Justice. PI Rob Knight. Co-PIs Jessica L. Metcalf (primary writer and project designer), Noah Fierer, David O. Carter, and Arpad A. Vass. $894,629
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Catalysis Meeting (NESCent). 2009. Integrating datasets to investigate megafauna extinction in the late Quaternary. Co-PIs Jessica L. Metcalf, Robert Guralnick and Alan Cooper. Meeting June 2010. https://www.nescent.org/science/awards.php
Environmental Futures Network, University of Adelaide. Early Career Research Grant. PI. Jessica L. Metcalf $13,500. Workshop: Methods Bioinformatics & Molecular Evolution. 14-17 April, 2009, http://www.adelaide.edu.au/acad/events/workshop/
Rawlence, NJ, Metcalf, JL, Wood, JR, Worthy, TH, Austin, JA, Cooper, A. 2012. The effect of climate and environmental change on the megafaunal moa of New Zealand in the absence of humans.Quaternary Science Reviews, 50:141-153.
Bray SCE, Austin JJ, Metcalf JL, Østbye K, Østbye E, Lauritzen S., Aaris-Sørensen K, Valdiosera C, Adler CJ, Cooper A. 2012. Ancient DNA identifies post-glacial recolonisation, not recent bottlenecks, as the primary driver of contemporary mtDNA phylogeography and diversity in Scandinavian brown bears. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00923.x
Ursell LK, Metcalf JL, Parfrey LW, Knight R. 2012. Defining the human microbiome. Nutritional Reviews. 538-544.
Gonzalez A, King A, Robeson MS, Song S, Shade A, Metcalf JL, Knight R. 2011. Characterizing microbial communities through space and time. Current Opinion Biotechnology. 35(9):810-7. doi: 10.1002/bies.201300018.
Gonzalez A, Clemente JC, Shade A, Metcalf JL, Song S, Prithiviraj B, Palmer BE, and Knight, R. Our microbial selves: what ecology can teach us. EMBO reports. 12, 775–784. doi:10.1038/embor.2011.137
Orlando, L, Metcalf JL, Alberdi MT, Telles-Antunes M, Bonjean D, Otte M, Martin F, Eisenmann V, Mashkour M, Morello F, Prado JL, Salas-Gismondi R, Shockey B, Wrinn PJ, Vasil’ev SK, Ovodov ND, Cherry MI, Hopwood B, Male D, Austin JJ, Hanni C, Cooper A. 2009. Revising the recent evolutionary history of equids using ancient DNA. 2009. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106(51) 21754-21759.
Pritchard VL, Metcalf JL, Jones K, Martin AP, Cowley DE. 2008. Population structure and genetic management of Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis). Conservation Genetics, doi: 10.1007/s10592-008-9652-8.
Osborne AS, Som P, Metcalf JL, Phillips RS. 2008. Regioselective nitration of N-alpha,N-1-bis(trifluoroacetyl)-L-
tryptophan methyl ester: Efficient synthesis of 2-nitro and 6-nitro-N-trifluoroacetyl-L-tryptophan methyl ester. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 18(21) 5750-5752.
Metcalf, JL, VL Pritchard, SM Silvestri, JB Jenkins, JS Wood, DE Cowley, RP Evans, DK Shiozawa, & AP Martin. 2007 Across the great divide: genetic forensics reveals misidentification of populations of an endangered species. Molecular Ecology Fast-Track. 16(21):4445-54. highlighted in ScienceNOW and Nature News
Metcalf JL, Siegle MR, Martin AP. 2008. Hybridization dynamics of native greenback cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout.The Journal of Heredity. 99(2):149-56.
Pritchard VL, Jones K, Metcalf JL, Martin AP, Wilkinson P., and Cowley DE. 2007. Characterization of tetranucleotide microsatellites for Rio Grande cutthroat trout and rainbow trout, and their cross-amplification in other cutthroat trout subspecies. Molecular Ecology Notes. 7 (4): 594-596.
Freiburger BJ, Breed MD, Metcalf JL. 2004. Mating frequency, within-colony relatedness and male production in a yellow jacket wasp, Dolichovespu arenaria. Molecular Ecology. 13 (12): 3703-3707
Non-Peer reviewed articles
Metcalf JL, Cooper A, Wheeler J. Domestication of South American Camelids. Invited Chapter for Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer. 2014.
Metcalf, JL. 2000. Broadening your undergraduate experiences. In Chemistry. Feb/March. 11-13.
Recent workshops and meetings
The origin and evolution of animal-microbe interactions. NESCent Catalysis meeting (participant). October 23-27, 2011. http://nescent.org/science/awards_summary.php?id=263
International Union for Quaternary Research 2011 (INQUA XVIII). Extinction Events (session co-chair and speaker). http://www.inqua2011.ch/?a=programme&subnavi=sessions&id=30
Integrating datasets to investigate megafauna extinction in the late Quaternary. NESCent Catalysis (PI). Meeting May 25 – 30, 2010. https://www.nescent.org/science/awards.php
Highlight of recent microbial forensics research
CU Connections Faculty and Staff Highlight: Five Questions for Jessica Metcalf
2012 cutthroat trout research media coverage
Caving expedition in search of well-preserved Australian megafauna with National Geographic.
Interviewed for the New York Times about a publication on ancient horses
Media coverage about native cutthroat trout genetics research