Parasites and pathogens continue to cause a major burden to human health, cause significant damage in agriculture and are ubiquitous in nature. We are interested in understanding the evolution and ecology of infectious disease and applying this knowledge to their management and control.
We develop ecological and evolutionary theory and test the theory in insect-virus model systems in the lab and the field. In addition we apply ecological and evolutionary theory by building epidemiological models of human tropical disease, specific ecological models of wildlife disease and developing evolutionarily rational disease intervention and control strategies.
We are part of the Berkeley Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Group