PhD Candidate (Graduate Group in Ecology)
MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from Bowling Green State University
BS in Biology from Bowling Green State University
I am interested in interactions between host personality, steroid hormones, and parasitism. Specifically, I am interested in how personality influences risk of encountering and becoming infected by parasites, and how parasites subsequently alter host personality following parasitism. My study system is California killifish and their behaviorally manipulative trematode parasites, Euhaplorchis californiensis and Renicola buchanani. A video discussing the manipulation in this system (with an emphasis on Euhaplorchis californiensis), can be found below.