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“Bugs are my passion! I’m an evolutionary biologist who is interested in cockroaches, dragonflies, and termites.”
Dr. Ware
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
School of Arts & Sciences-Newark
Rutgers University–Newark

Dr. Ware's Story

Jessica Ware is a standout scientist and educator. Featured on the cover of Science as a key researcher on the international 1KITE team that produced the first full picture of insect evolution—her ground-breaking research focuses on the evolution of behavioral and physiological adaptations in insects. Most recently, Ware was awarded an Early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. 

This trailblazing award is given to faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellence in teaching, and successful integration of the two. Under her mentorship and guidance, RU-N undergraduate and graduate students in her lab help train Newark high school students in fieldwork and the scientific method as part of a Rutgers University-Newark summer-research program. “Whatever people do, insects did it first…They waged war, took slaves, worked cooperatively, flew, and farmed.”