I am interested in infectious diseases–how they are shaped by and shape the ecology and evolution of their host organisms and associated microbiomes. Microbes, whether pathogens or beneficial symbionts, are the often unseen drivers of many of the processes that shape our world. Pathogens can cause mass die-offs of animals and plants, altering ecosystems and conservation efforts. But these effects can also be greatly influenced by interactions with other microbes and the genetics of the host. I seek to better understand these interactions within the context of our changing global climate, which is altering pathogen virulence, host susceptibility, and species interactions at many scales. I am especially interested in the effect that disease ecology has on human health and disease. My work is inherently transdisciplinary, using techniques and principles from population and community ecology, population genomics, and microbiology and applying them to both marine and terrestrial systems.
I received my PhD. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology in 2016 from Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center