Welcome! I am an assistant professor at the University of Virginia.  I’m currently recruiting graduate students – please contact me if you’re interested in joining the lab.

I’m broadly interested in the evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions. This interest has led to me to study exciting things like coevolution, sex, virulence, and speciation. I focus on natural host-parasite interactions – like the sterilizing trematodes of tiny snails and the sterilizing fungi of flowering plants – but I also make time for the laboratory beast Caenorhabditis elegans.  Current projects include: quantifying the role of genetic variation in protecting populations from infection, with meta-analyses and experiments; exploring the intersection of dispersal, coevolution, and epidemiology in C. elegans and a natural parasite; and testing for coevolution in a plant-parasitic nematode and its biological control parasite.

Here you’ll find updates on my research, my publications, and teaching resources I’ve developed, among other things.

Photo – Lake Alexandrina (Taka-moana) in the Mackenzie Country of New Zealand’s South Island. The Southern Alps are in the distance. Taken from Mount John on January 13, 2014. 

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