I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of host-parasite interactions. Currently I work with Dr. Adam Siepielski at the University of Arkansas, and in October I will begin working with Dr. Hadas Hawlena at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
My Ph.D. work at the University of Arkansas involved understanding host-parasite interactions within food webs. I completed my M.Sc. at the University of Bremen and conducted my master’s research on morph differences in larval survival at Lund University with Dr. Erik Svensson. As an undergraduate I worked with Dr. Carl Gerhardt at the University of Missouri on a project examining the effects of anthropogenic noise on anuran communication.
My research focuses on examining 1) how parasitism drives variation in species interactions within food webs, 2) how the cascading effects of predators affects host immune function, 3) how coinfection by multiple parasites vary across scales and environmental gradients and 4) how these host-parasite interactions vary over time. I work with a host-parasite system consisting of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies, the hosts) their ectoparasitic water mites (Arrenurus spp.) and their endoparasitic gregarines.