Jennifer Ciaccio


Office: Science Building, Room 122
Phone: (435) 652-7779

– Ph.D. in Biology
University of Miami, 2008
– M.S. in Entomology
University of Arizona, 1993
– B.S. in Biology
Villanova University, 1991

Courses Taught:
– BIOL 1010 – General Biology
– BIOL 1610 – Principles of Biology I
– BIOL 1620 – Principles of Biology II
– BIOL 1625 – Principles of Biology II Lab
– BIOL 4260 – Herpetology
– BIOL 4265 – Herpetology Lab
– BIOL 4270 – Ichthyology
– BIOL 4275 – Ichthyology Lab
– BIOL 4280 – Marine Biology
– BIOL 4810 – Independent Research I
– BIOL 4820 – Independent Research II
– BIOL 4920 – Senior Seminar II

I have been teaching at Dixie State College since the fall of 2008. I have taught many courses during my time here: General Biology, Principles of Biology 1 and 2, Ichthyology, Entomology, Herpetology, Marine Biology, and Oceanography. In my classes, I emphasize experimentation and active learning by students.

I have loved biology since I was a child. When I was five, I saw JAWS and told my parents I wanted to be Matt Hooper when I grew up. I suppose they were just glad that I chose someone who didn’t get eaten by the shark. So for my PhD dissertation, I studied the development of feeding behavior in sharks. I had several wonderful summers spent on a boat off the south Florida coast catching sharks (and I still have all of my limbs intact).