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Recent News

6 January 2020 – In a great start to the new year, a new publication was just accepted. This one is on how the small cabbage white butterfly Pieris rapae survives low temperatures (in cool places like Siberia!)

14 November 2019 – Happy to report that I’ve won a travel award from the University of Colorado Postdoctoral Association to attend the SICB (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) Annual Meeting in Austin, TX this upcoming January

28 September 2019 – Had a great hike with our lab group in Rocky Mountain National Park today; everybody made it back in one piece!

15 August 2019 – Did some exotic field work this week: collecting rotten apples in Michigan! (To collect apple maggot flies for all my experiments this fall)

29 July 2019 – This week I’m heading to Argentina to present my research at the International Symposium on the Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms and Plants, funded by a Sable Systems Young Scientist Award and a CoB travel grant

1 July 2019 – Excellent news! I have accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the Biology department at St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS) that begins a year from today (1 July 2020)

14 June 2019 – Today was the official day of my graduation from the Ph.D. program at Western University, a mere 9 months after my thesis defense

3 June 2019 – Very excited to report that I’ve received an invitation to speak at the International Congress of Entomology next summer in Helsinki, Finland! I’ll be part of the “Physiological Responses to Environmental Stress” symposium

20 May 2019 – I’ve been awarded a Company of Biologists travel grant to attend a conference in Argentina this summer: the International Symposium for Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms and Plants

13 May 2019 – This week I’m off to present my postdoc work at the Canadian Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting in Windsor ON, funded by a CSZ PDF travel award

27 March 2019 – New publication in the Journal of Insect Physiology on the nature of freeze injury in Drosophila larvae, available online

20 March 2019 – New publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on how cryoprotectants function in cricket freeze tolerance! I was interviewed on CBC Radio about the study, which you can listen to here (on Fresh Air) and here (on All in a Day)

7 January 2019 – New publication in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology on the gene expression associated with freeze tolerance in crickets, available online

21 December 2018 – New publication in the Journal of Insect Physiology on how crickets become freeze-tolerant, available online

11 November 2018 – My first invited conference talk at the Joint Annual Meeting of Entomologists in Vancouver, British Columbia

8 October 2018 – Joined the Ragland lab at the University of Colorado, Denver


Brief Bio

I am a Canadian biologist, biology educator and educational developer, who is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Denver. I love life as an academic: I get to research cool questions about how organisms survive really stressful situations (like freezing!), help students learn about the wonderful realm of biology, collaborate with excellent colleagues, and try to make the world a slightly better place by increasing the number and diversity of people who understand and value scientific thinking. I also enjoy cycling, swing dancing, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Jantina Toxopeus, Ph.D.

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Want to chat about my science or teaching? Contact me via email at jantina [dot] toxopeus [at] ucdenver [dot] edu.