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I am currently post-doctoral research fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). I finished my Ph.D. in July of 2018 at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior where I worked in the Craft and Forester lab groups. I completed my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and B.A. in Spanish in 2012 at the University of Virginia.
I am broadly interested in One Health- the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health- and its implications for the spread of disease. The goal of my dissertation research is to characterize how three different types of heterogeneitycan alter individual infectiousness in domestic animal and wildlife populations: (1) host heterogeneity: variation in host behavior and susceptibility, (2) contact heterogeneity: sociality that affects community structure within populations, and (3) spatial heterogeneity: patchiness in resource and host density across a landscape.