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University of Nevada, Reno
Jenny Ouyang

How do some individuals in the same population raise ten offspring while others only have one? How do some individuals survive cold winters and breed again while others do not live past their first winter?


Our lab is interested in the ecology and evolution of physiological systems. To answer the questions above, we empirically test, in natural and laboratory populations, how, and at what rate, physiologically-regulated traits can evolve and enable organismal adaptation to changing environmental conditions.



Jenny receives Fulbright

September 2023

Jenny received the US Fulbright scholars award. She is currently in Bogota, Colombia collaborating with Dr. Maria Echeverry at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana

Image by Stephen Leonardi

Light pollution in the news

August 2023

Jenny recently wrote an article reviewing a book about light pollution for American Scientist. Here's an article about Nevada communities curbing light pollution. 

City Night Lights


August 2022

Jenny was awarded a NSF CAREER grant to study artificial light and night and urbanization. Very excited to continue work on urban ecology, genes, and phenotype. Especially excited about the education plan.

Holding a Bird

New paper

July 2022

We have a new paper out in Ecol App about Pb, hormones, and reproductive success. This work was highlighted by ESA, the Wildlife Society, and Swedish Radio


New graduate student

Sept 2021

Ivan Celso Carvalho Provinciato joins the lab from Brazil. He received his master's from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho in Rio Claro. He is the recipient of the Dean's Merit Fellowship

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