People in the Lab
CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

SONIA ALTIZER
Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: ecology of infectious diseases in natural populations; evolution of host resistance and parasite virulence; insect ecology and evolution; role of infectious diseases in wildlife conservation

Contact: saltizer"at"uga.edu

DAN BECKER
Graduate Student - Doctoral
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: supplemental resources and wildlife disease dynamics; vampire bat - rabies virus interactions; land use change and the ecology of infectious disease

Contact: dbecker"at"uga.edu

PAOLA BARRIGA
Visiting Research Scholar
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology and Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta

Research interests: biodiversity and behavior of tropical ants; plant-insect interactions

 

Contact: barrigap "at"uga.edu

ALEXA FRITZSCHE
Graduate Student - Doctoral
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: animal behavior and infectious disease processes; investment in behavioral and immune defenses

Contact: afritzsche"at"gmail.com

ANIA MAJEWSKA
Graduate Student - Doctoral
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: insect and pollinator ecology and conservation; host-pathogen interactions; butterfly gardens; monarch butterfly biology

Contact: majewska "at" uga.edu

CECILIA SANCHEZ
Graduate Student - Doctoral
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: human-driven impacts on infectious disease ecology in wildlife; emerging infectious diseases; nutrition and infection; ecology and behavior of fruit bats

Contact: cecilia.sanchez "at"uga.edu

DARA SATTERFIELD
Graduate Student - Doctoral
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: human-driven impacts on infectious disease ecology and evolution in wildlife; parasite virulence evolution; role of host migration in infectious disease dynamics

Contact: dara7 "at"uga.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

Selin Odman - CURO Research Credits

Emilie Morris - CURO Research Credits

Mary Kate Williams - Summer REU Student

Michael Holden - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julie Gardiner - Biology Research Credits
Kaleigh Wood - Ecology Research Credits
 
RECENT GRADUATES AND FORMER POSTDOCS
BECKY BARTEL
NIH Postdoctoral fellow, 2008-2011

Research interests: Inventory and Monitoring
Species-Habitat Relationships; Landscape Ecology
Disease Ecology; Pollinator Conservation

Present Affiliation: Terrestrial Ecologist, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, NC

 
EMILY CORNELIUS
MS 2013

Research interests: animal behavior and infectious disease processes; long-distance migration; avian ecology

Present Affiliation: PhD student, Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

 
JAAP DE ROODE
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2007

Research interests: virulence evolution, within-host dynamics; behavioral self-medication, evolution of resistance and tolerance, community interactions and infectious disease

 

Present Affiliation: Associate Professor, Biology Department, Emory University

 
BARBARA HAN
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011

Research interests: animal behavior and infectious disease processes; emerging infectious diseases in human and natural systems

 

Present Affiliation: Disease Ecologist, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

 
SHAN HUANG
PhD 2012
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: macroecology and macroevolution; mammal biodiversity conservation; parasite diversity in wild carnivores

Present Affiliation: Postdoctoral researcher, The Paleontology Group
Department of Geophysical Sciences 
University of Chicago

 
JULIE RUSHMORE
PhD 2013
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology and School of Veterinary Medicine

Research interests: behavioral ecology and infectious diseases in wild primate populations; social and mating behavior, sexually transmitted diseases

Present affiliation: DVM program, University of Georgia

 
AMY PEDERSEN
Postdoctoral researcher, 2005-06

Research interests: community ecology of infectious diseases, host shifts and cross-species transmission, role of parasites in wildlife population dynamics

Present affiliation: CIEE Advanced Fellow, University of Edinburgh

 
DANIEL STREICKER
PhD 2011; Postdoctoral Research Associate 2012-13
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: viral evolution; cross-species transmission; behavioral determinants of pathogen spread; anthropogenic impacts on wildlife diseases

Present affiliation: Research Fellow, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

 
JAMIE WINTERNITZ
PhD 2012
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

Research interests: sexual selection and pathogen transmission; host-pathogen coevolution; animal behavior; montane voles

Present affiliation: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Population Biology
Institute of Vertebrate Biology
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

 
SUMMER 2014 MONARCH CREW
Back row from L: Emilie Morris, Hannah Blakeslee, Amanda Vincent, Dara Satterfield. Front row from L: Alexa Fritzsche, Sonia Altizer, Anna Willoughby, Mary Kate Williams
 
BOWLING FOR PARASITES NOVEMBER 2012
Back row from L: Emily Cornelius, Daniel 'Triple Strike' Streicker, Julie Rushmore, Dan Becker, Dara Satterfield. Front row from L: Jamie 'Kinpin' Winternitz, Sonia Altizer, Alexa 'I only bowled professionally for one year' Fritzsche
 
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