My work incorporates empirical and theoretical approaches to address research questions on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. To answer these questions, I draw from the fields of community ecology, population biology, behavioral ecology, epidemiology, and evolution. I am especially interested in factors that influence disease transmission and population impacts. Much of my recent work has focused on the emerging infectious disease, white-nose syndrome, caused by the fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The disease was first detected in a cave in upstate New York in 2006, and has since caused severe mortality in bat populations across eastern North America. My research on white-nose syndrome is primarily focused on investigating factors that influence transmission and spread of this novel pathogen.

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