Ecology and Evolution of Aquatic Diseases
Parasites and pathogens are all around us. While the average infestation may not have huge impacts on infected populations or the communities within which they exist, recent evidence suggests that the incidence of high-impact diseases (or emerging infectious diseases) is increasing. Shifts in the relationships between the host, pathogen and environment can create novel interactions resulting in increased pathogen virulence, reduced population resilience and changes in disease ranges. In my research I investigate how these shifts alter epidemiological patterns of diseases, and what the consequences of disease are for population and community processes in marine and freshwater ecosystems. I examine these questions across many levels of biological organization, from the level of the genome to the community and I employ a wide variety of techniques, from field surveys to experimental manipulations to in silico modelling. Much of my research has an applied focus, examining declining species, threatened ecosystems, impacts of climate change and toxins, and interactions between wild and farmed fisheries. Please check out my research page and contact me if you have any questions.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Jeff Shields and John Hoenig at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. I did a previous postdoctoral position with Crawford Revie and Mark Fast in the department of health management at the Atlantic Veterinary College in the University of Prince Edward Island. I completed my Ph.D. with Dr. Rick Relyea at the University of Pittsburgh in December 2011.
1208 Greate Rd
Department of Fisheries Science
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA, USA