About me...

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, working with Greg Dwyer and our US Forest Service collaborator, Karl Polivka. We are studying the epidemic dynamics of baculoviruses in the Douglas-fir tussock moth in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to integrate experiments and advanced mechanistic modeling approaches to develop recommendations for a USFS microbial control program. 

I received my PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where I worked in Piet Johnson's lab studying parasite metacommunities and the consequences of the host and pathogen diversity in amphibian systems. I received my BA in Environmental Biology at Washington University in St. Louis after working with Jon Chase and Kevin Smith on various projects with a community ecology theme.

My research has been broad, ranging from the trophic effects of invasive wetland plants to wildlife disease control. Right now my primary focus is on disease ecology and host- pathogen dynamics. I'm most interested in understanding how host and pathogen diversity can interact to affect disease and pathogen transmission. I'm also interested in developing modeling methods to better explain and analyze pathogen incidence data. I use a variety of tools to tackle these topics, including mechanistic modeling, experiments, field surveys and meta-analyses.                                                                                                                                                                 

I have a bunch of example code available upon request...check out the Statistics page for some detailed examples.