My name is Jessica Kendall-Bar and I am a PhD student studying Marine Mammal Physiology and Neuroscience in the Costa and Williams’ labs at UC Santa Cruz. I studied Marine Science and Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. I love art and science and in particular how they can combine to vividly depict the underwater world.
I am also very interested in teaching. At Berkeley, I taught and redesigned an oceanography course (Oceans C82), where I led sections with a total of 100 students and instituted projects which emphasize creativity. I was also an undergraduate student instructor and scientific diving collector for the Invertebrate Zoology course (IB 103LF).
My research interests include animal behavior, physiology, and neuroscience, especially concerning cognition, mating, and sleep. Read more about my research here.
I love to free dive, scuba dive, swim, surf, sail, bike, and hike. I also really enjoy making art. See some of my illustrations and photography here. Please contact me through email if you have any questions or similar interests and would like to connect!