I'm a postdoctoral researcher at Montana State University, where I work with Raina Plowright on mathematical models of pathogen spillover and and how urbanization and nutritional stress affects Hendra virus dynamics and flying fox health outcomes in Australia. I received my PhD in 2017 from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, where I worked with Sonia Altizer and Daniel Streicker on resource provisioning, wildlife disease, and vampire bat immunology and epidemiology. I'm interested in how food availability affects wildlife–pathogen interactions, linking within- and between-host infection processes, and how these perspectives can be applied to predict spillover of zoonotic pathogens from wild bats and birds. Please feel free to get in touch for collaborations on theoretical ecology, wildlife immunology, meta-analyses, comparative methods, and bat ecology and epidemiology.
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