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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Jacqualine Grant

Dr. Jacqualine Grant brings her world travels and diverse research background into the classroom as an assistant professor of biology at Southern Utah University. She also serves as Director of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, and collaborates with the Southern Utah Museum of Art with students in the Arts Administration program to develop a K-12 education program based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) principles.

Grant, Jacqualine.jpgDr. Grant received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior (Chemical Ecology, Population Genetics, Behavior) in 2004, where she also received her M.S. in Animal Science (Nutritional Toxicology). She previously studied at Texas A&M University. 

She regularly teaches the following classes:

  • BIOL 1620 General Biology II
  • BIOL 1625 General Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 3060 Genetics
  • BIOL 3065 Genetics Lab
  • BIOL 3390 Mammalogy
  • BIOL 3395 Mammalogy Lab
  • BIOL 4650 Capstone: Conservation Biology

Dr. Grant was recently recognized in the iUTAH Newsletter as the first person in the state to receive a course release award through the NSF iUTAH EPSCoR grant. She plans on using the release time to develop proposals with colleagues at the University of Utah and Northern Arizona University.

In the Frehner Museum, she is also involved in collections management which just received a grant from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums to assess how collections are stored and managed, and improve them based on professional advice from museum experts.

When she isn't working as a museum director, Grant is in the classroom sharing her passion for biology and biodiversity. She has travelled the world to survey biodiversity and teach others about conservation biology. From Zimbabwe, Africa researching the diet of black rhinoceroses to Honduras to survey butterfly diversity and to France and Singapore to educate fellow scientists about green roofs and invertebrate biodiversity, Grant has a rich education that brings life and variety into the classroom.

"I have always liked teaching," said Grant. "When I was a child I would create exams and give them to my friends. Truth. I enjoy the learning part of teaching as much as I enjoy interacting with students and working with them to learn about science together."

Dr. Grant was the Outstanding Faculty Member in the School of Forest Resources at Penn State University and has received a few awards at Southern Utah University, including:

  • SUU Service Learning Award
  • Utah Campus Compact Service Learning Award
  • SUU Award for Achievement in Experiential Learning

When she's not travelling the world or at Southern Utah University, Dr. Grant can be found swimming, hiking, gardening, commuter biking or drawing. She has been the primary illustrator for a few books related to wildlife and invasive plants, such as The Amphibians of Great Smoky Mountains National ParkWildlife Behavior and Conservation, and The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State: Identification, Natural History, and Conservation.

Download Dr. Jacqualine Grant's CV