I am a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at the University of Washington and in Anthropology at Stony Brook University. My research focuses on the physiological, sociocultural, and ecological drivers of disease ecology and zoonotic disease emergence. In particular, I’m interested in understanding what parasitic traits facilitate zoonotic emergence, how human activities influence parasite exposure, and what ecological forces drive individual variation in susceptibility to infection. I use taeniid tapeworms as a model system because taeniid species are globally dispersed, can be devastating for humans and animals alike, and vary in their zoonotic capacity. Taken together, these interconnected dimensions of infection have important implications for understanding the role of disease in human evolution and for building frameworks to interrupt transmission. I obtained my PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University in 2017, and my BA in Philosophy and French Literature from Stony Brook University in 2009. You can read more about my research on my website.
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