Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD – Indiana University, 2013
BA – Colby College, 2006
Ph.D., Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri, 2013.
B.V.Sc. & A,H, Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai, India, 1996.
I am a disease ecologist with a background in veterinary medicine, disease modeling, and conservation research. My research interests primarily lie at the interface of ecology and epidemiology, and include host-pathogen systems that are of conservation and/or public health concern. Within this context, I focus on emerging and novel pathogens (e.g., chronic wasting disease), zoonoses (e.g., West Nile virus, Baylisascariasis, leptospirosis, rabies), and pathogen spillover at the human-domestic-wildlife interface (e.g., canine distemper, bighorn sheep pneumonia). One of the main goals of my research is to develop model-based disease management tools that help address the public health and wildlife health/conservation challenges.
B.S. Marine Science- University of South Carolina
M.S. Marine and Atmospheric Science- Stony Brook University
I have been the lab manager for the Civitello lab since March 2017. I train most of the new undergraduate volunteers, help the grad students with their experiments, and conduct my own research projects. I currently have two ongoing research projects, which examine the effects of food quality and competition on snail growth and cercarial production. I am the point of contact for new undergraduate volunteers, so if you are interested in research experience you should reach out to me. In my free time I enjoy running, podcasts, and hanging with my cat named Buffy.
Ph.D. Class of 2017
B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
I am a PhD candidate in Emory’s Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution program where I am co-advised by Drs. Nicole Gerardo and Dave Civitello. I am broadly interested in leveraging insects’ symbiotic microbes to control populations of insect pests and vectors in agricultural systems. My dissertation research explores the effects of symbioses on vector biology and its consequences for pathogen transmission at both the individual and population scale.
B.S. in Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
D.V.M., Cornell University
After obtaining my veterinary degree, I spent some time in equine private practice in Northern California. However, I found myself continually dissatisfied with the unanswered questions I encountered in clinical medicine, and I decided to pursue a career in research. Generally, I am interested in host-parasite interactions across scales and eco-immunology. I am currently a third year PhD student in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution studying the impact of host traits and community composition on schistosome transmission. Outside of lab I enjoy running and hiking, especially with my two dogs, Kevin and Ben.
Ph.D. Class of 2018
B.S. in Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am a PhD student interested in disease ecology research that can inform evidence-based wildlife conservation policies. I am currently working on a project to assess if inducing acquired resistance to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is a feasible and efficacious intervention for managing chytrid fungus outbreaks.
|Lynda (LM) Bradley
B.S. Biophysics and biochemistry, Oregon State University
I am interested in how to predictively model system-wide consequences of sudden ecological perturbations- my dissertation is on how freshwater host-parasite dynamics change following a resource pulse (using the snail-schistosome system). I like the challenge of merging theory and empirical data together to improve model forecasts. Outside the lab, I like to sew/needlework, run, and hang out with my crew.
B.S. Integrative Biology-University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
I am a PhD student interested in coupled human–environment systems. My interest is motivated by the need to improve food security, particularly in west African communities. My current research investigates the usage of aquatic plants as a biofertilizer for crops. I worked in the Cáceres Lab investigating the effects of zooplankton and habitat types on the abundance of mosquitoes, and also worked in the Cortés-Ortiz Lab exploring the evolutionary histories of howler monkeys and their parasitic pinworms. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and traveling the world.