Jenny Ouyang – Class of 2007

Jenny Ouyang CHP alumni are doing amazing are doing amazing things all over the world. Jenny Ouyang, UC Irvine and CHP alumna (’07), is making an impact with her research. After attending graduate school in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, Jenny began research as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Biology Department.

Her current research focuses on testing how fast physiological traits can evolve and enable organismal adaptation to changing environmental conditions. Two-thirds of the world’s populated areas are currently above the threshold set for light pollution, but the effects of light pollution on underlying physiological mechanisms are poorly understood. She will proceed to test the effects of different spectra of light on stress physiology, endocrine and immune function to supply concrete evidence for management practices at a global scale.

Of her time in the CHP, Jenny says, “The CHP provided a unique opportunity to conduct independent research under an advisor. I had two amazing mentors at UCI, Dr. George Hunt, Jr. and Dr. Nancy Burley, both of whom taught me how to present at conferences, write a scientific paper, and conduct integrative and transformative research.”

She also remembers fondly the friends she has made through the CHP, many of whom she still keeps in touch with, and her involvement in CHSC. “CHP is a unique organization because it builds a natural cohesiveness among the students, faculty, and administrative staff, increasing the fun and supportive atmosphere of an unforgettable college experience.”

For more information on Jenny and her research, visit her website at