1001 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
I am a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. As a disease ecologist, I am interested in reservoir host immunity and zoonotic infections in the context of environmental change. I combine theoretical models, macroecology, and mark-recapture field studies of wild bats and birds to understand how zoonotic pathogens are transmitted within wild populations, how environmental changes alters reservoir immunity and infection dynamics, and how large-scale variation in host defense could inform and forecast zoonotic spillover risks. Much of my work has explored how anthropogenic food resources modify infectious disease dynamics, and my research at Indiana University is focusing on how suburban habitats alter songbird immunity, exposure, and migration. I am also continuing long-term studies of vampire bat zoonoses in response to agricultural land conversion in Belize.