I am an ecologist interested in infectious diseases. I use ecological principles to understand patterns of infectious disease occurrence and transmission. I am particularly interested in pathogens transmitted between people, wildlife, and livestock. Therefore, I tend to work in tropical ecosystems that intersect with frequent human activity -- places where pathogen sharing between people and animals is most probable. My long-term research goal is to improve our ability to forecast animal-origin infectious disease outbreaks using a reformulated One Health framework.
APPOINTMENTS & EDUCATION
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW (July 2016) Environmental Sciences, Emory University Mentor: Thomas Gillespie (Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences)
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW (2014 - 2016) Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia Mentor: Vanessa Ezenwa, PhD (Associate Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia) PH.D. (2009-2014) Department of Biology, McGill University Thesis: Interactions between primates and parasites in a wild community PhD Advisor: T. Jonathan Davies, PhD (Associate Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University) PhD Committee: Tony L. Goldberg, DVM, PhD (Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Marilyn Scott, PhD (Director, McGill School of Environment and Professor, Institute of Parasitology, McGill University)
VISITING FELLOW (2011-2012) University of Wisconsin-Madison Lab: Dr. T. L. Goldberg
B.Sc (2004-2009) Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta Honors Thesis: Behavioral responses of an African mouthbrooding cichlid (Orthochromis stormsi) to putative pheromones Undergraduate Supervisor: Norm E. Stacey, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta)