I'm a postdoctoral researcher at Montana State University, where I work with Raina Plowright on the spatial and temporal dynamics of zoonotic viruses in bats and how urbanization affects flying fox immunology and infection in eastern 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 and wildlife disease, especially in the context of livestock intensification and vampire bats and of supplemental feeding and white ibis. I'm interested in how resource availability affects wildlife–pathogen interactions, linking within- and between-host infection processes, and how these perspectives can help predict and manage risk of zoonotic pathogen spillover from wild bats and birds. Please feel free to get in touch for collaborations on theoretical ecology, wildlife immunology, meta-analyses and comparative methods, and bird or bat ecology and epidemiology.
In October 2018, I'll start an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship working with Ellen Ketterson at Indiana University and in collaboration with Richard Hall at the University of Georgia to model how shifts in migratory behavior (driven by urbanization and supplemental feeding, among other factors) influence the dynamics of vector-borne disease in dark-eyed juncos.
© Daniel J. Becker, 2018. All rights reserved.