I have been fortunate in my career to be able to participate in a wide variety of research (see past projects). I am currently conducting research as a PhD candidate with Alan Townsend, Pieter Johnson, and Waleed Abdalati at the University of Colorado in Boulder within the EBIO Department and INSTAAR. My current work is concentrated at the intersection of conservation ecology and parasitic disease. My research focuses on trematode parasites responsible for human diseases such as schistosomiasis (blood fluke), fasciolosis (liver fluke), and Paragonimiasis (lung fluke). This work with trematodes is two-fold: (1) I seek to understand what roles trematodes play in the ecosystems they are a part of, and (2) armed with this knowledge I then test how anthropogenic perturbations to the system impact trematode infection. I work both in the field and experimentally in the lab; my work covers a wide range of geographical areas; and I use various tools (such as remote sensing, dissection, biogeochemical analyses, and molecular techniques) during the course of my investigations.
Current Research Projects
- Interactions between Trematodes and Biogeochemical Cycles
- Controls on the Invasive Water Hyacinth - Implications of Schistosomiasis Prevalence
- Climate Change and Trematodes
Past Research Projects