My main research interests are evolution and ecology of pathogens, zoonotic diseases, bat diseases, parasitology, modeling of infectious diseases, wildlife disease ecology and biodiversity conservation. For my undergraduate education, I graduated with a dual honors degree in Biological Sciences and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. I finished with a senior class rank within the top 1.1% of undergraduates at university level. Much of my research and extracurricular background is related to wildlife conservation, pathogens, or a combination of these two areas. While at Virginia Tech, I modeled wildlife rabies reservoir species' niche space in ArcMap, R statistical software, and NicheAnalyst with a goal of determining whether rabies, within reservoir hosts, followed any specific, environmentally-induced patterns. In recent years, I’ve worked more in wet-lab environments. Some of my work in these labs included culturing and performing PCR reactions on Campylobacter spp. and Escherichia coli and performing neutralization of viral pathogens. In the Fall of 2022, I will be returning to my statistical roots and starting my PhD creating mechanistic models to look at Hendra virus spillover risk in Australian flying foxes (Pteropus spp.)
In the Johnson Lab, I am currently a seasonal field technician collecting data related to parasite diversity and prevalence in aquatic ecosystems in northern California.