Jennifer Ast

visiting researcher at Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology

Visiting address:
Evolutionsbiologiskt centrum, Norbyv. 18D
75236 Uppsala
Postal address:
Norbyv. 18D
75236 Uppsala

Short presentation

My primary training is as an evolutionary biologist, in which I specialized in systematics (reconstrution of evolutionary relationships among organisms, and hypothesis testing of how specific traits evolved). My primary research organisms have been snakes and lizards, and the luminous microbial symbionts of fish and squid. I have worked as a tutor in English at The Language Workshop (Språkverkstaden), which is a part of the Institute for Scandinavian Languages (Institutionen för nordiska språk).

My courses



  • 2011–14: numerous Swedish courses, Institution for Nordic Languages, Uppsala University
  • 2008–10: Swedish for immigrants, Hermods and Lernia
  • 2008: Swedish for beginners, Folksuniversitetet, A1 and A1+

Academic background in biology


  • 2002: PhD, Biology, University of Michigan
  • 1993: MSc, Biology, University of Michigan
  • 1992: AB with honors, Biology, University of Chicago
Postdoctoral positions
  • 2008–10: Departments of Molecular Evolution and Limnology, Uppsala University
  • 2002–07: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Free-standing and/or training courses
  • 2014: Mentoring students (Handledning av studenter), Internal development and pedagogy (Enheten för kvalitetsutveckling och universitetspedagogik), Uppsala universitet
  • 2014, Latin for scientists (Latin för naturvetare), Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi (Linguistics and philology), Uppsala universitet
  • 2010, The life and sciences of Linnaeus, Institutionen för biologisk grundutbildning, Uppsala universitet
  • 2009: Microbial diversity in time and space, Limnology, Uppsala University
  • 2005: Theory and practice of direct optimization, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, USA
  • 2005: Phylogenetic analysis of large data sets, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University, OH, USA


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