Contact Jessica Rykken
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
jrykken [at] oeb.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-1221
Fax: (617) 495-5567
Rykken, J.J., and B.D. Farrell. 2012. Discovering the microwilderness in parks and protected areas. In Lemelin, R.H. (Ed.) The management of insects in recreation and tourism. Cambridge University Press.
My primary research interests include landscape-scale patterns of arthropod biodiversity, the role of arthropods as biological indicators for inventory, monitoring, and assessment of ecosystem health, and the ecology of forest-floor invertebrates in managed landscapes. Over the years, I've ventured back and forth between academia and applied biological work with state and federal agencies.
While pursuing a PhD at Oregon State University, I looked at the effects of forest management on the distribution and movement of ground-dwelling invertebrate communities in headwater riparian areas of the Cascades Range. I maintain an interest in—and hope to keep connections to—applied ecological work in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
More recently, at the MCZ, I have been coordinating an "All Taxa Biotic Inventory" on the Boston Harbor Islands, and this has lead me in lots of new directions: designing sampling and processing protocols for a long-term inventory of arthropods; collaborating closely with National Park Service managers and educators, students, teachers, volunteers, scientists, and naturalists; and creating participatory opportunities, an online database, and visual tools to get the public excited about invertebrate biodiversity on a very local scale. For more information about the project, please contact me or access the website at http://www.nps.gov/boha/naturescience/atbi.htm
Currently, I am collaborating with the National Park Service to conduct, promote, and enhance arthropod biodiversity inventories nationwide, including the development of a Taxonomists-in-Parks program.