About me

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I’m a postdoc in Dr. Brenna Henn’s Lab in the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis. I’m broadly interested in the evolutionary history and population genetics of humans, vectors, and diseases. I recently completed my PhD studying gene flow and landscape genetics of the dengue mosquito, Ae. aegypti, in North America. You can read more about my research interests here.

I’m originally from northern California, where I received my BS and MS in Biology at Stanford University. For my honors thesis, I studied decision-making behavior in the red harvester ant with Dr. Deborah Gordon. I also loved research, teaching, and leading tours at the Jasper Ridge Biological Field Station. After graduation, I worked at NASA Ames with Dr. Lynn Rothschild on a synthetic biology project that will be launched on the EuCROPIS satellite mission.

At Yale I enjoyed not only research but opportunities to teach and plan science outreach events for the public and to support diversity in science.

Email: evlyn.pless (at) yale.edu

Twitter: @Evie_Pless