Welcome! Here you’ll find out about our growing team and the work we do on the evolution and ecology of infectious diseases. We’re motivated by fundamental questions on the (co)evolution of species interactions, and we try to use the approaches that best suit the question at hand. That means we often end up synthesizing data from field observations, laboratory manipulations and experimental evolution, with guidance from theoretical models and (increasingly) genomic data. The lab is young and looking for new members, so, if you’re nice, hard-working and enthusiastic, we’d love to hear from you.
Congratulations to Emma Kirschke for getting into vet school!! She’ll be going to the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Go Emma!
Anna Nguyen was awarded an Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Infectious Disease Award from UVA’s Global Infectious Disease Institute for her recently published work on the monoculture effect. Congratulations Anna!! She and the other awardees will present their research at a symposium in January
We (Mandy and third-year UVA undergraduate Anna Nguyen) just published a study in Evolution Letters! We conducted a series of meta-analyses to test the hypothesis that host populations with reduced genetic diversity experience increased burdens of parasites relative to genetically diverse host populations. The results show that experimental increases in genetic diversity reduce parasitism by … Continue reading New paper in Evolution Letters!
It was such fun working on this new paper on social behavior and parasitism with someof my scientific heroes – Dana Hawley, Andrea Townsend, Meggan Craft, and Jessica Stephenson! Thanks to Dana Hawley for assembling this team and giving me some fascinating news ideas to think about. Read more here: DM Hawley, AK Gibson, AK Townsend, … Continue reading New paper in Parasitology!