Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

C.V.

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Education:
Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2001-2007. Advisor: Dr. Lev R. Ginzburg. Dissertation: “Predation and its Consequences: Insights into the Modeling of Interference”.
B.A. in Biology (cum laude), Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 1989-1992. Advisor: Dr. David W. Becker.

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Professional Experience:
Associate Professor (with tenure), Pratt Institute, 2014-present.
Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, 2007-2014.
Adjunct Instructor and Course Coordinator, Stony Brook University, 2002, 2006-2008.
Science Teacher, Board of Education of New York City, Intermediate School 318, 1994-2001.
Science Teacher, Teach for America program, Board of Education of New York City, Middle School 45, 1993-1994.

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Teaching

Courses Taught
Ecology, Pratt Institute, 2007-2014, 2016-2017: An undergraduate course in ecology for students in creative majors, emphasizing practical ecological problems and sustainable solutions.
Evolution, Pratt Institute, 2009-2011, 2014-2017: An undergraduate course in evolution for students in creative majors, exploring the foundational principles of evolutionary biology.
Ecology for Architects, Pratt Institute, 2014-2016: An undergraduate course in ecology and environmental science for architecture majors, emphasizing the role of the built environment in ecological and sociological systems.
The Evolution of Cooperation, Pratt Institute, 2008, 2010, 2012-2014: An advanced undergraduate course for students in creative majors, exploring the mechanisms by which cooperation evolves in nature.
The Evolution of Sex, Pratt Institute, 2010-2013: An advanced undergraduate course for students in creative majors, exploring the diversity of evolved mating, reproductive, and parenting strategies.
Behavioral Ecology, Pratt Institute, 2009, 2011: An advanced undergraduate course for students in creative majors, exploring behavioral diversity as a result of adaptation to varying environments.
Human Evolution, Pratt Institute, 2007-2009, 2011: An advanced undergraduate course for students in creative majors that illuminates the origin and evolution of the human species.
The Evolution of Play, Pratt Institute, 2010-2013: An undergraduate short course for students in creative majors that considers play in a variety of animals from an evolutionary perspective.
Great Adventures in Evolution, Pratt Institute, 2012-2013: An undergraduate short course for students in creative majors that uses historical accounts of scientific discoveries to foster an appreciation of evolutionary biology.
The Evolution of Music, Pratt Institute, 2010: An undergraduate short course for students in creative majors that considered the production of sound and music by animals from an evolutionary perspective.
Applied Population Ecology and Conservation Biology Laboratory, Stony Brook University, 2006-2008: An upper-division majors course for undergraduate students featuring a simulation-based student-inquiry-driven lab curriculum.
General Ecology, Stony Brook University, 2002: An undergraduate course in Ecology for non-majors, co-taught with two full-time faculty from the Department of Ecology & Evolution.
Life Science, New York City Board of Education, 1993-1994, 1999–2001: General education courses in Life Science for 7th graders.
Earth Science, New York City Board of Education, 1993-2001: General education and New York State Regents-level courses in Earth Science for 8th graders.

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Teaching Tools and Pedagogical Media
Jensen, C. X J., and G. Riestenberg, 2012. Evolutionary Games Infographic Project (a series of infographic images designed to aid in the teaching and learning of game theory).
Jensen, C. X J., and J. H. Chu, 2011. Easy Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma (a Flash-based classroom interface designed to allow students to explore Robert Axelrod’s influential tournaments).
Jensen, C. X J. and A. M. Cohen, 2009. The Evolution of Sustainable Use (a Flash-based classroom game designed to teach about sustainable exploitation of ecological resources). Also available on the peer-reviewed EcoEd Digital Library.
Brown, K, S. D. Carroll, J. G. Hajagos, R. Harnett, C. Jensen, J. C. Stanton, K. Tran, J. Yule, 2009. Applied Population Ecology Laboratory Course Pack. Applied Biomathematics (Setauket, NY).

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Student Mentoring
Molly H. Adams, 2011-2012, Communicating Interdependence: Ecological Thinking and the Natural History Museum, Pratt Institute: Advisee developed a thesis paper which won the Senior Thesis Award from the Critical and Visual Studies program.
Mishele Lesser, 2010-2011, Genoscapes, Pratt Institute: Advisee developed a work informed by the science of human genomics in fulfillment of requirements for thesis project in the Master of Fine Arts program.
Kamdyn Moore, 2009-2010, Campus Area Biking Living Lab Project, Pratt Institute: Advisee created a proposal for an on-campus sustainable transportation lab in fulfillment of requirements for thesis project in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Urban Environmental Systems Management program.

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Scholarship

Peer-reviewed Publications
He, J-Z., R-W. Wang, C. X J. Jensen, and Y-T. Li, 2015. Asymmetric interaction paired with a super-rational strategy might resolve the tragedy of the commons without requiring recognition or negotiation. Scientific Reports 5:7715; DOI:10.1038/srep07715.
Yule, J. V., R. J. Fournier, C. X J. Jensen, and J. Yang, 2014. A review and synthesis of late Pleistocene extinction modeling: Progress delayed by mismatches between ecological realism, interpretation, and methodological transparency. Quarterly Review of Biology 89:91-106.
He, J-Z., R-W. Wang, C. X J. Jensen, Y-T. Li, and C-Q. Li, 2012. Cooperation in an asymmetric volunteer’s dilemma game with relatedness. Science Bulletin 57:1972-1981.
Yule, J. V., C. X J. Jensen, A. Joseph, and J. Goode, 2009. The Puzzle of North America’s Late Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinction Patterns: Test of New Explanation Yields Unexpected Results. Ecological Modelling 220:533-544.
Ginzburg, L. R. and C. X J. Jensen, 2008. From controversy to consensus: The indirect interference functional response. Verhandlungen IVL 30:297–301.
Ginzburg, L. R., C. X J. Jensen and J. V. Yule, 2007. Aiming the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” at ecological theory. Ecological Modelling 207:356-362.
Jensen, C. X J., J. M. Jeschke, and L. R. Ginzburg, 2007. A direct, experimental test of resource vs. consumer dependence: Comment. Ecology 88:1600-1602.
Jensen, C. X J. and L. R. Ginzburg, 2005. Paradoxes or Theoretical Failures? The jury is still out. Ecological Modelling 188:3-14.
Ginzburg, L. R. and C. X J. Jensen, 2004. Rules of thumb for judging ecological theories. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 19:121-126.

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Presentations, Posters, and Panels
Jensen, C. X J., 2017. “Dual Inheritance, Ecological Peril, & the Morality of Procreation“, Moral Sense III, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2016. “Pulling Humanity Back Inside the Boundaries: How Science Serves Sustainability“, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2016. “Breeders, Propagators, & Creators: Culture, Biology, and the Future of Human Evolution“, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2015. “Highly-creative baby-breeding idea propagators: what human (re)productive choices mean for the future of our species“, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2014. “Information: Legalize It?“, Educational Technology Gathering, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2014. “Visualizing cooperation theory in the non-majors evolution classroom: free tools for teaching the evolutionary dynamics of the Prisoner’s Dilemma”, Evolution Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.   f1000
Barnes, A. W., C. Cahill, and C. X J. Jensen, 2013. Panel discussion on Massive Open Online Courses and alternative technology-driven open models, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J. and A. M. Cohen, 2012. “The Evolution of Sustainable Use, a flash-based classroom tool for teaching population biology and sustainable resource management” (presented as a poster and at the Resources for Ecology Education: Fair and Share event), Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.  f1000
Jensen, C. X J., 2012. “WordPress workshop: How to self-publish and self-host”, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2012. “Ecosystems: Where they came from, how they work, and why they stick around”, Pratt Institute Sustainability Crash Course, Brooklyn, NY.
Brown, B.R. and C. X J. Jensen, 2011. “Diversity, Culture, Theory, and Data: Science on Human Variety”, Pratt Institute School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2011. “Ecosystems: Where they came from, how they work, and why they stick around”, Pratt Institute Sustainability Crash Course, Brooklyn, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., J. L. Verdolin, D. Moore, and A. M. Cohen, 2010. “Critical scales of heterogeneity: unraveling the relationship between group behavior, home range size, and resource dispersion”, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.
Jensen, C. X J., 2010. “Sex, Play, and Music: Reaching Non-majors Through Short Courses in Evolution”, Evolution Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
Jensen, C. X J., D. Moore, and J. L. Verdolin, 2009. “Virtual prairie dogs weigh in on the Resource Dispersion Hypothesis”, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
Jensen, C. X J., 2008. “Old Task, New Tools: Effective Grading with the Learning Management System”, Educational Technology Brown Bag Seminar Series, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Ginzburg, L. R. and C. X J. Jensen, 2007. “From controversy to consensus: The indirect interference functional response”, 30th Congress of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, Montreal, Qc, Canada.
Ginzburg, L. R., C. X J. Jensen, and R. L. Harnett, 2006. “Predators versus Parasites: A Consumer-Resource Distinction?”, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN.
Ginzburg, L. R., C. X J. Jensen, and R. L. Harnett, 2006. “Predators versus Parasites: A Consumer-Resource Distinction?”, Evolution Annual Meeting, Stony Brook, NY.
Jensen, C. X J., 2005. “Are the prey- and ratio-dependent functional responses really extremes along a continuum of predator interference?”, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Qc, Canada.
Jensen, C. X J., 2004. “Gause, Luckinbill, Veilleux and What to Do”, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. 
Jensen, C. X J., 2004. “The Paradox of Enrichment: A fortifying concept or just well-fed theory?”, Northeast Ecology Conference, Storrs, CT.
Jensen, C. X J., and L. R. Ginzburg, 2003. “Gause, Luckinbill, Veilleux and What to Do: Distinguishing between the Prey-Dependent and Ratio-Dependent Limit Myths”, Alcala International Conference on Mathematical Ecology, Alcala de Henares, Spain.

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Presentations by Collaborators
Suh, K., S. VanderVoort, E. Godoy, A. M. Shmulevsky, C. Wynter, B. Brooks, and C. X J. Jensen, 2017. “Identifying Transfer of Learning Pathways Across Disciplines”, AICAD Student Success Conference, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

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Popular Writing, Commentaries, & Book Reviews
Jensen, C. X J., 2017. Trophic Ecology: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Interactions across Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems. Quarterly Review of Biology 92:181.
Jensen, C. X J., 2016. Adolescent behavior doesn’t make sense (except in the light of cultural evolution). This View of Life.
Jensen, C. X J., 2016. Traditional Ethical Codes Prescribing Self-Sacrifice as a Puzzle to Evolutionary Theory. ASEBL Journal 12:57-60.
Jensen, C. X J., 2014. Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology. Quarterly Review of Biology 89:385-386.
Jensen, C. X J., 2013. A New Narrative on Human Cooperation. Quarterly Review of Biology 88:227-231.
Jensen, C. X J., 2013. Individual-based modeling for the masses. Ecology 94:260-262. 
Jensen, C. X J., 2012. Ratio dependent predator–prey theory: Aged, mellowed, and distilled. Ecological Modelling 246:103-104. 
Jensen, C. X J., 2012. The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society. Quarterly Review of Biology 87:63. 
Jensen, C. X J., 2010. Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy. Quarterly Review of Biology 85:505.
Jensen, C. X J., 2010. Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals. Quarterly Review of Biology 85:226-227.
Jensen, C. X J., 2010. Into the Jungle. Quarterly Review of Biology 85:225.
Jensen, C. X J., 2009. Biological modeling and simulation: A survey of practical models, algorithms, and numerical methods. Quarterly Review of Biology 84:284.
Jensen, C. X J., 2003. Choosing and using statistics: a biologist’s guide. Quarterly Review of Biology 78:468.

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Service

Institutional and Professional Service
Co-facilitator, Transfer of Learning Faculty Learning Community, 2016-present, Pratt Institute: facilitated and coordinated the activities of an inter-disciplinary faculty learning community looking at the effectiveness of transfer of learning between Pratt’s Foundation Year and entry into the Sophomore Year, which is the first year in the majors.
Senator, Academic Senate, 2016-present, Pratt Institute: represented the Math & Science department as a member of the Institute’s faculty governance body.
Member, Bias Education Response Team, 2017-present, Pratt Institute: worked with other faculty and staff to develop plans and programs designed to respond to bias incidents on campus.
Member, Departmental Curriculum Review Committee, 2010-2012, 2013-2015, 2016-present, Pratt Institute: served as a reviewer of course proposals and other curricular improvements in the Department of Mathematics and Science.
Volunteer, Ecological Society of America Author Help Directory, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017: helped scientists from Japan, China, and Brazil by editing their scientific manuscripts for English vocabulary, grammar, and scientific clarity.
Peer Reviewer, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science – 2017;  EcoEd Digital Library – 2017; Scientific Reports – 2016; The Engineering Economist – 2015, Limnology & Oceanography – 2011, The Atlantic Monthly – 2011, Journal of Theoretical Biology – 2011, Ecological Modelling – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Oikos – 2008, Ecology – 2007, Verhandlungen IVL – 2007, Acta Oecologica – 2007, Ecological Research – 2007, Journal of Biosciences – 2006, Compes Rendus – 2004.
Member, Academic Calendar Committee, 2011-2016, Pratt Institute: served on an advisory panel charged with proposing future academic calendars.
Member, Elections Advisory Group, 2016, Cultural Evolution Society: served on an advisory panel charged with giving feedback on the plans for an inaugural elections process.
Advisor, Envirolutions Club, 2009-2015, Pratt Institute: served as faculty advisor to a student club committed to environmental activism on and off campus.
Volunteer, Ecological Society of America Environmental Justice Section, 2012-2015: served as Website Facilitator, helping members of the section to learn how to maintain their own WordPress page (http://www.esa.org/enjustice2).
Chair, Departmental Peer Review Committee, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014-2015, Pratt Institute: coordinated the process by which faculty applications for reappointment, promotion, and tenure are reviewed by peers in the Department of Mathematics and Science.
Member, Departmental Peer Review Committee, 2008-2011, 2012-2015, Pratt Institute: contributed to the establishment of standards for full- and part-time faculty promotion; assessed faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Science for reappointment and promotion.
Member, Middle States Self Study Report Teaching and Learning Working Group, 2013, Pratt Institute: will contribute to research and development of the chapter on teaching and learning for Pratt’s accreditation self-study report.
Reviewer, EnviroAtlas project, 2013, Environmental Protection Agency: reviewed a beta version of the EnviroAtlas, an interactive tool for mapping ecosystem services and their connection to human well-being.
Chair, Academic Calendar Survey Subcommittee, 2012-2013, Pratt Institute: coordinated the process of creating and implementing a campus-wide survey aimed at assessing the academic calendar needs of faculty and staff.
Reviewer, Departmental Curriculum Review Committee, 2013, Pratt Institute: reviewed course proposals in the Department of Mathematics and Science.
Member, Pratt Sustainable Coalition, 2007-2012, Pratt Institute: worked with other faculty and staff to integrate ecologically sustainable practices into Pratt’s facilities and academic programs.
Member, General Education Committee, 2011-2012, Pratt Institute: worked with other faculty to re-envision general education at Pratt and address Middle States mandates.
Volunteer, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2012, Portland, OR: served as an Education section mentor to graduate students and post-docs.
Co-coordinator, Green Week “A Celebration of Cycling”, 2012, Pratt Institute: helped organize a day of events highlighting sustainable transportation; coordinated with a local owner-operated by shop to provide free bike repair instruction to members of the Pratt community.
Coordinator, Department of Mathematics and Science Swap ‘N’ Share events, 2009-2011, Pratt Institute: organized a series of informal sessions that allowed departmental faculty to share innovations in their research and teaching.
Member, High School Classroom Materials Selection Committee, 2010, Ecological Society of America: worked with colleagues to select and collect materials from the EcoEd digital library that could be used by secondary school teachers.
Chair, Departmental Curriculum Review Committee, 2007-2010, Pratt Institute: coordinated the revision and restructuring of courses in the Department of Mathematics and Science; shepherded through new departmental guidelines for course syllabi in response to accreditation standards.
Co-chair, Middle States Coordinating Committee, 2009-2010, Pratt Institute: led the committee charged with producing Pratt’s Middle States Periodic Review Report.
Volunteer, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA: served as a session presider and Buell-Braun award judge.
Volunteer, Evolution Annual Meeting, 2010, Portland, OR: served as a judge of research talks presented by graduate students (Hamilton Award) and session presider.
Co-coordinator, Green Week Transportation Tuesday, 2010, Pratt Institute: helped organize a day of events highlighting sustainable transportation; provided free bike repair instruction to members of the Pratt community.
Member, School-wide Curriculum Committee, 2007-2009, Pratt Institute: reviewed new curriculum proposals; attended regular meetings.
Member, Center for Sustainable Design Studies Minor in Sustainability Curriculum Committee, 2009, Pratt Institute: worked with an interdisciplinary faculty team to design Pratt’s Minor in Sustainability program, including an introductory core course in Principles in Sustainability.
Representative, Technology Advisory Committee, 2008-2009, Pratt Institute: served in an advisory role to the Division of Information Technology, focusing on the proliferation of smart classrooms and the establishment of a laboratory for creative technologies.
Mentor, Department of Math and Science New Faculty Program, 2008, Pratt Institute: helped acquaint a new faculty member with our department and students, met regularly to discuss teaching methods, observed two lectures and provided feedback on teaching methods.
Coordinator, Green Week Transportation Tuesday, 2008, Pratt Institute: organized a day of events highlighting sustainable transportation; supervised volunteer mechanics and bicycle commuters; hosted invited speakers from the Campaign for New York’s Future and Transportation Alternatives.
Member, Search Committee, 2007-2008, Pratt Institute: screened, interviewed, and hosted candidates for three tenure-track openings; succeeded in hiring three new faculty members.

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Community Outreach and Special Projects
Member, Professional Advisory Committee, New York Harbor School, 2016-present: provided scientific and pedagogical feedback on the existing career and technical education curriculum in Aquaculture.
Panelist, Sustainability Summit, Pratt Institute, 2016: participated in a panel discussion following the screening of the Josh Fox documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
Volunteer, Pelican Foundation for Creative Education, 2015: reviewed grant proposals from secondary school teachers.
Panelist, Common Ground: Science and Religion in Dialogue for a Sustainable Future, Columbia University, 2009: participated in a panel discussion centered on integrating secular and religious ideals through curricula in sustainability.
Founder and Coordinator, Freewheel Collective Community Bicycle Shop, 2003-2005, Long Island, NY: coordinated meetings; raised funds; established community bicycle shop; created and maintained website; ordered materials and tools; oversaw group finances; established and taught ten-week bicycle repair course; interfaced with members of the local press.

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Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
Mellon Travel Award, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, Pratt Institute
Faculty Development Fund, 2009-2010, 2013-2014, Pratt Institute
Mellon Research Grant, 2009, Pratt Institute
FIPSE Dean’s Award, 2008-2009, Pratt Institute
Graduate Research Fellowship, 2003-2006, National Science Foundation
Lawrence B. Slobodkin Award, 2004, Stony Brook Department of Ecology and Evolution

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Consulting
Reviewer, Roberts & Company Publishers, 2013: reviewed two chapters of the second edition of The Tangled Bank.

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