Bio


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.

Academic Appointments


  • PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Administrative Appointments


  • Writing Specilist, Program in Human Biology (2019 - Present)
  • Coordinator, Notation in Science Communication (2014 - 2018)
  • Co-chair, PWR Curriculum Committee (2016 - 2018)

Professional Education


  • 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

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


SPECIALIZATION: Electronic Portfolios; Science Communication; Science Storytelling