Jennifer Stonaker

Jennifer Stonaker

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Plant Biology and Genetics
BS, University of Texas at Austin, Molecular Biology
BA, University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors


Jennifer Stonaker is an advanced lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Writing Specialist for the Program in Human Biology. She has a PhD in plant biology from UC Berkeley, where she employed genetic and bioinformatic tools to study gene regulation in maize. Her current research focuses on science communication and writing pedagogy, particularly in how electronic portfolios and reflection can promote learning. She is also interested in science outreach, having previously worked as a science instructor and curriculum developer at the Tech Museum in San Jose and the Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Human Biology Writing Specialist

Areas of specialization: biology, genetics

Genre expertise: lab reports, personal statements, and dissertations

Enjoys coaching writing productivity, brainstorming, and revision strategies