Shalene Jha

Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology


Office Location
BIO 401

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
2415 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712

B.S., Rice University (2004)
Ph.D., University of Michigan (2009)
Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley (2011)

Research Summary:
Broadly, my research interests include landscape genetics, population ecology, conservation biology, and foraging ecology. More specifically, I am interested in examining how global land use change influences gene flow, foraging patterns, and population viability for plants and animals. I am investigating a number of these topics within human-altered landscapes in California, Texas, Panama, and Mexico.

Jha, S. & C. Kremen (in press) Bumble bee foraging in response to landscape heterogeneity. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences 

Kennedy, C.M., Lonsdorf, E., Neel, C.M., Williams, N.M., Ricketts, T.H., Winfree, R., Bommarco, R., Brittain, C., Burley, A.L., Cariveau, D., Carvalheiro, L.G., Chacoff, N.P., Cunningham, S.A., Danforth, B.N., Dudenhöffer, J., Elle, E., Gaines, H.R., Gratton, C., Greenleaf, S.S., Holzschuh, A., Isaacs, R., Javorek, S.K., Jha, S., Klein, A.M., Krewenka, K., Mandelik, Y., Mayfield, M.M., Morandin, L., Neame, L.A., Otieno, M., Park, M., Potts, S.G., Rundlöf, M., Saez, A., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Taki, H., Tuell, J.K., Felipe, B., Veldtman, R., Westphal, C., and C. Kremen. (in review) A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on native bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology Letters

Jha, S., Stefanovich, L. & C. Kremen (in review) Native plants dominate bumble bee pollen loads across natural and agricultural landscapes.

Jha, S., Burkle, L., & C. Kremen (2012) Vulnerability of pollination ecosystem services to global climate change. Ecosystem Services and Climate Change. Timothy Seastedt and Kathryn Suding. Netherlands, Springer.

Jha, S., Allen, D.A., Liere, H., Perfecto, I., & J.H. Vandermeer (2012) Mutualisms and population regulation: mechanism matters. PLoS ONE. 7(8): e43510

Jha, S., Bacon, C., Philpott, S.M., Rice, R.A., Mendez, V.E., & P. Läderach (2011) Shade coffee at a crossroads again: A review of ecosystem services, farmer livelihoods, and value chains in shade coffee agroecosystems. In: Campbell, W. B. and Lopez Ortiz, Silvia, Integrating Agriculture, Conservation and Ecotourism: Examples from the Field. Dordrecht: Springer
Netherlands, pp.141-208.

Jha, S. & C.W. Dick (2010) Native bees facilitate gene flow across shade coffee landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences: 107:13760-13764.

Jha, S. & J.H. Vandermeer (2010) Impacts of coffee agroforestry management on tropical bee communities. Biological Conservation: 143: 1423-1431.S.Jha - C.V. - 3

Jha, S., Vandermeer, J.H. & I. Perfecto (2009) Assessment of stage-specific population densities of Coccus viridis (Coccidae) using digital photography. Bulletin of Insectology: 62: 183-189.

Jha, S. & J. H. Vandermeer (2009) Contrasting bee foraging in response to resource scale and local habitat management. Oikos 118: 1174-1180.

Jha, S. & C.W. Dick (2009) Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite loci for the tropical understory tree Miconia affinis Wurdack (Melastomataceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 344-345

Jha, S. & J.H. Vandermeer (2009) Contrasting foraging patterns for Africanized honeybees and native bees and wasps in a tropical agroforestry landscape. Journal of Tropical Ecology: 25: 13-23.

Jha, S. & C.W. Dick (2008) Shade coffee farms promote genetic diversity of native trees. Current Biology: 18: 1126-1128.

Philpott, S.M., Lin, B.B., Jha, S. & S.J. Brines (2008) A multi-scale assessment of hurricane impacts on agricultural landscapes based on land-use and topographic features. Agriculture, Ecosystems and the Environment: 128: 12-20.

Jha, S., Casey-Ford, R.G., Platt, T., Queller, D.C. & J.E. Strassmann (2006) The queen is not the pacemaker in colonies of the small-colony wasps Polistes instabilis and P. dominulus. Animal Behavior: 71: 1197-1203.

Jha, S., Harcombe, P.A. & I.S. Elsik (2004) Analysis of American beech death at Wier Woods. Texas Journal of Science: 21: 328-339.

  • 2009 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan
  • 2007 Whittaker Mentoring Fellow, University of Michigan
  • 2006 Helen Olson-Brower Research Fellowship, University of Michigan