Sara Jackrel

I am a postdoc in Vincent Denef and Brad Cardinale's labs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. I am currently studying the role of algal gene expression in community ecology dynamics among freshwater algae. I completed my PhD in Tim Wootton's lab at the University of Chicago where I studied biodiversity of riparian trees and the implications of this diversity for aquatic and terrestrial communities.



The University of Chicago
Ph.D., Ecology & Evolution, 2016
Adviser - Tim Wootton

The College of New Jersey
B.S. Biology, summa cum laude, Honors Program, and Concentration in Environmental Studies, 2010 

Fellowships and Honors

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (2014 - 2016)
American Society of Naturalists Student Research Award (2014)
National Geographic Society Young Explorer's Grant (2014-2016)
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2013-2016)
NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2010-2015)
Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (2009-2010)
Morris K. Udall Scholar (2008-2009 and 2009-2010)
The College of New Jersey Faculty Award for Excellence in Biology (2010)
The College of New Jersey Honors Program Outstanding Scholar Award (2009)                           
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2009)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2009)
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (2008)      


S.L. Jackrel, S.M. Owens, J.A. Gilbert, and C.A. Pfister. In press. Identifying the plant associated microbiome across aquatic and terrestrial environments: The effects of amplification method on taxa discovery. Molecular Ecology Resources.

S.L. Jackrel, T.C. Morton and J.T. Wootton. 2016. Intraspecific leaf chemistry drives locally accelerated ecosystem function in aquatic and terrestrial communities. Ecology 97:2125-2135. 

S.L. Jackrel and J.T. Wootton. 2015. Diversity of riparian plants among and within species shapes river communities.  PLOS ONE 10: e0142362.

S.L. Jackrel and J.T. Wootton. 2015. Cascading effects of induced terrestrial plant defences on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem function. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B. 282: 20142522.

S.L. Jackrel and J.T. Wootton. 2014. Local adaptation of stream communities to intraspecific variation in a terrestrial ecosystem subsidy. Ecology 95:37-43.

S.L. Jackrel and H.K. Reinert. 2011. Behavioral responses of a dietary specialist, Queen Snakes (Regina septemvittata), to potential chemoattractants released by its prey. Journal of Herpetology 45:272-276.

S.R. Heise-Pavlov, S.L. Jackrel, and S. Meeks. 2011. Conservation of a rare arboreal mammal: habitat preferences of the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus lumholtzi. Australian Mammalogy 33:5-12.

S.L. Jackrel and R.S. Matlack. 2010. Influence of surface area, water level, and adjacent vegetation on bat use of artificial water sources. American Midland Naturalist 164:74-79.   

P.E. Klug, S.L. Jackrel, and K.A. With. 2010. Linking snake habitat use to nest predation risk in grassland birds: the dangers of shrub cover. Oecologia 162:803-813.

S.L. Jackrel. 2009. Habitat use by nesting grassland birds and their snake predators in the tallgrass prairie. TCNJ Journal of Student Scholarship XI: <>.