I am a community college biology professor in New York City. I engage in teaching, science, and social engagement to create a better place for the human experience.

 I am also a trans-woman, and you can learn more about my transition here.  

 

teaching

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and
knowledge. - Albert Einstein

Teaching biology is more than my career. It is my passion. The American educational system is undergoing major restructuring, and how we teach within it must change as well if we are to tap into the rich wealth of talent inherent in our diverse culture. 

REsearch

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan

Thermal biology is much more than temperature. Energetics, behavior, evolution, hormones, and neuroscience are intertwined with how organisms have evolved to regulate temperature. My main work has been on pythons, but I have also worked with butterflies, locusts, and fruit flies. 

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Writings

What makes us human, I think, is an ability to ask questions, a consequence of our sophisticated spoken language. - Jane Goodall

Writing is thinking, and I like to think about education, science, and philosophy. Most of the topics focus on my two favorite T's, teaching and temperature, but I am also curious about general philosophical topics like consciousness and epistemology. I also maintain a separate blog focused on queer and trans topics that you can find here

Education

Ph. D.  Arizona State University, 2012 (Biology, advisor: D. F. DeNardo)

B. S.    Arizona State University, 2006 (Cum Laude in Molecular Biosciences/Biotechnology)

Positions

(download full CV here)

Assistant Professor (2016-present), LaGuardia Community College, NY

Assistant Professor (2014-2016) San Diego City College, San Diego, CA

Visiting Professor (2012-2013) Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Instructor (2010-2011) Rio Salado College Online, Tempe, AZ

Lecturer (2010-2012) Mesa Community College at Red Mountain Campus, Mesa, AZ

Presentations

Brashears, J. A., Xu, N., and Porter-morgan, H. (2017) Preparing to Launch: Incorporating High Impact Technology in a Gateway Science Class. Coordinated Undergraduate Education Annual Meeting at New York City, NY. Oral Presentation.

Brashears, J. A. (2017) GlobalMindEd Annual Meeting at Denver, CO. Panel speaker.

Brashears, J., Fokidis, H. B., and DeNardo, D. F. (2013) Defense behavior and the stress response in three species of python. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting at San Francisco, CA. Poster presentation.

Brashears, J. and DeNardo, D. F. (2011) Touch or go: Proximal cues for clutch brooding in Children’s python (Antaresia childreni). Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting at Salt Lake City, UT. Poster presentation.

Stahlschmidt, Z. R., Brashears, J., and DeNardo, D. F. (2011) Warm and humid: Nest-site selection in an emerging parental care model. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting at Salt Lake City, UT. Poster presentation.

Brashears, J. (2010) Hormonal correlates accompanying reproductive behavior in three species of python. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting at Seattle, WA. Oral presentation.

Brashears, J. and DeNardo, D. F. (2009) Correlations between muscle twitch, metabolic rate, and temperature in brooding Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting at Boston, MA. Poster presentation.

Brashears, J. and DeNardo, D. F. (2009) Correlations between muscle twitch, metabolic rate, and temperature in brooding Burmese pythons (Python molurus). Graduates in Engineering, Life, and Social Sciences at Tempe, AZ. Poster presentation.

Other Activities

Associate Editor, Journal of Herpetology (2016-present)

WriterEvolutionary Curiosities (2016) Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Portland, OR

Editor, Physiology Lab Manual (2014-2016) San Diego City College

Writer, Singing in the Rain (2012) Ask-a-Biologist at ASU http://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/animals-seasons

Writer, Should we jump? Viewpoints on transhumanism (2006) The Triple Helix at ASU. Vol 3(1): 63-66.

Lecture, “Reptile Sex: When Life Got Interesting” (2011) presented as a public lecture to the Arizona Audubon Society

Press Feature, “Researchers take deeper look at parental care among snakes.” (2011) by Nicodemo, A., ASU News