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Jennifer L. Wortham


Jennifer L. Wortham

Meet Jennifer L. Wortham

Associate Professor, Health Sciences and Human Performance


1995 The University of Tampa, B.S.
2001 University of Louisiana - Lafayette, Ph.D.

Courses Taught:

HSC 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HSC 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HSC 234 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
HSC 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
MAR 126 Marine Biology
GTW 100 Gateways I
GTW 102 Gateways II

Career Specialties: Jen Wortham specializes in the study of agonistic and grooming behaviors of crustaceans, especially mantis shrimp. She also researches the reproductive biology of crustaceans as well as the fishery biology of mantis shrimp living in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently, she began studying the grooming behaviors of the freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium located in Hawaii.

Professional and Community Activities:

Prior to joining UT in 2004, Wortham taught at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She has frequently worked as a field research assistant at the SeaMap Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She recently traveled to the University of California, Berkeley and studied mantis shrimp from all over the world. In her marine research laboratory, she is working with undergraduate marine biology students studying the grooming behaviors of shrimp and the decorating behaviors of spider crabs. She is a member of the Crustacean Society, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Florida Academy of Sciences, and the Animal Behavior Society.