Welcome! I am a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin studying the evolution and ecology of infectious diseases. I’ll be starting in January 2019 as 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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