- Adjunct, TAMU Galveston
- Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 251, Texas A&M Galveston, Galveston, TX 77553
- (409) 740-4918
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2009
- Graduate Education
- Ph.D. Ecology, Marine Ecology, University Of California Davis, 2015
Dr. Jurgens joined the faculty in the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University Galveston (TAMUG) as an Assistant Professor in January 2019. She is a core faculty member in the Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Program at TAMUG and in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree Program at Texas A&M (College Station). Dr. Jurgens received her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California Davis, where she studied impacts of extreme events on coastal marine populations and ecosystems. She then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Temple University, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute studying latitudinal variation in species invasions. She also has a background in policy work and community organizing, and is a former community college transfer student. She is committed to increasing equity and inclusion in science, public engagement, and mentoring students with non-traditional backgrounds. Her research investigates processes that support ecological resilience at population, community, and ecosystem levels, and from local sites to latitudinal scales.
My research examines the impacts of global change and extreme events on marine and estuarine ecosystems. I am an experimental ecologist employing field and laboratory approaches to understand mechanisms of ecological resilience.
Ninokawa, A., Takeshita, Y., Jellison, B., Jurgens, L.J. and B. Gaylord. 2020. Biological modification of seawater chemistry by an ecosystem engineer, the California mussel, Mytilus californianus. Limnology & Oceanography 65: 157-172 DOI: 10.1002/lno.11258
Gaylord, B., Barclay, K.M., Jellison, B.M., Jurgens, L.J., Ninokawa, A.T., Rivest, E.B., and L.R. Leighton. 2019. Ocean change within shoreline communities: From biomechanics to behavior and beyond. Conservation Physiology DOI: 10.1093/conphys/coz077
Jurgens, L.J., Bonfim, M, Lopez, D, Repetto, MF, Freitag, G, McCann, L, Larson, K, Ruiz, G.M., and A.L. Freestone. 2018. Poleward range expansion of a non-indigenous bryozoan and new occurrences of exotic ascidians in southeast Alaska. BioInvasions Records7(4): 357-366. DOI: 10.3391/bir.2018.7.4.02.
Jurgens, L.J. and B. Gaylord. 2018. Physical effects of habitat-forming species override latitudinal trends in temperature. Ecology Letters 21(2): 190-196. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12881
Ebert, T… Jurgens, L.J., et al. [more than 20 authors]. 2018. Size, growth, and density data for shallow water sea urchins of the North American Pacific coast from Mexico to Alaska including the Aleutian Island chain, 1956 – 2016. Ecology. Data paper. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2123