ALEXA K. FRITZSCHE
Ecological immunology, disease ecology, animal behavior, host-parasite interactions and evolution
2010 – present Ph.D. track Ecology
Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Co-advisors: Sonia Altizer and Vanessa Ezenwa
2005 – 2009 B.S. in Biology
Department of Biology, University of Puget Sound
Spanish minor, Cum Laude, G.P.A. 3.7
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2012 - Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of-Research
2012 - Odum School of Ecology Small Grant
2011 - National Science Foundation - Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology travel grant
2010 - National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship
2008 - University of Puget Sound McCormick Grant for research
2008 - University of Puget Sound Peter K. Wallerich scholarship
AWARDS AND HONORS
2011 - Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium- 1st place in Proposed Research
2009 - Phi Beta Kappa honors society induction
2009 - University of Puget Sound Gordon D. Alcorn Award for Outstanding Biology Senior
2009 - University of Puget Sound Undergraduate Research Symposium - Outstanding Presentation
2008 - 2009 - University of Puget Sound Dean’s list
Field technician – Tyson Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
May - August 2010. I assisted with an EPA funded project studying the effects of land use changes on tick abundance and distribution. I conducted an independent study on host behavioral responses to perceived parasite risk , and also supervised the independent research projects of four undergraduates.
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Allan
Field technician/student contractor: U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins, CO
May - August 2009. I assisted in a long-term project monitoring declining populations of boreal toads in Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to overnight amphibian survey trips, I also coordinated logistics for the research team, including but not limited to acquisition of permits, ordering of supplies, and maintenance of data files.
Supervisor: Dr. Erin Muths
Undergraduate thesis: Department of Biology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
2008 - 2009. Thesis title: Chemical communication by the striped plateau lizard: The role of ultraviolet light and female body size in eliciting a behavioral response by male Sceloporus virgatus. I designed and carried out an independent field research project, the results of which I communicated in the form of a thesis, two manuscripts, and several posters and oral presentations.
Advisor: Dr. Stacey Weiss
Laboratory Assistant: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
May - August 2007. I assisted in a project researching the role of tyrosine kinase inhibitor drug treatments on the progression of non-small-cell lung cancer cells, performing techniques including Western blotting, PCR, ELISA assays, soft agar cloning, and tissue culture.
Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Heasley
TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP EXPERIENCE
Graduate teaching assistant: University of Georgia August 2014-present. Ecology and Environmental Issues (ECOL1000L) and Population Biology of Infectious Diseases (ECOL4150).
Curriculum Development Assistant: Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound August - December 2009. I assisted museum staff in launching a curriculum, “Nature in the Classroom”, for teaching elementary students about Pacific Northwest biodiversity. We assembled specimen kits and designed worksheets, field guides, and keys for use in course activities.
Biology Peer Tutor: Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, University of Puget Sound
2008 - 2009. I tutored biology students on lecture and laboratory material for introductory courses, and assisted with science writing conventions for laboratory reports.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Biology Department, University of Puget Sound
2007- 2008. Over the course of three semesters, I assisted professors of introductory biology and cell biology in the instruction of laboratory sections of courses. I assisted students with techniques and concepts, graded assignments, and held weekly tutoring hours.
Fritzsche, A. and B.F. Allan. 2012. The ecology of fear: host foraging behavior varies with the spatio-temporal
abundance of a dominant ectoparasite. EcoHealth (Online First). (PDF)
Fritzsche, A. and S.L. Weiss. Effect of signaler body size on the response of male striped plateau lizards
(Sceloporus virgatus) to conspecific chemical cues. 2012. Journal of Herpetology 46: 79-84. (PDF)
Marek, L., Ware, K.E., Fritzsche, A., Hercule, P., Helton, W.R, Smith, J.E., Heasley, L.E., et al.
2009. Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) and FGF receptor-mediated autocrine signaling in non-
small-cell lung cancer cells. Molecular Pharmacology 75: 196-207.
Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium. Athens, GA, January 2012 (Talk)
Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium. Athens, GA, January 2011 (Talk)
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Seattle, WA, January 2010 (Talk)
West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference. San Diego, CA, April 2009 (Talk)
University of Puget Sound undergraduate research symposium. Tacoma, WA, April 2009 (Poster)
Murdock College Science Research Program regional symposium. Tacoma, WA, November 2008 (Talk)
Manuscript review: Canadian Journal of Zoology
2012 - 2013 Graduate student representative on teaching-emphasis faculty search committee
2012 - 2013 Graduate student invited speaker chairperson
2011-2012 Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Representative