What I do

I aim to understand ecological and evolutionary feedbacks between diversity and disease. I use molecular tools and traditional marine ecology to examine the diversity of populations and communities from the microscopic to the global scale. My research bridges microbiology, parasitology, community ecology, and evolution to expand the study of infectious disease beyond the traditional host-pathogen model towards a model that incorporates populations and communities of both hosts and pathogens. My goals are both to advance basic disease ecology and to prepare conservation professionals for the ongoing increase in diseases.

I received my PhD. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology in 2016 from Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center

I am currently a George Burch Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center