In my research, I use a combination of mathematical modeling and transmission experiments in the field to study how host diet and climate play a role in patterns of pathogen variation at multiple scales in the Douglas-fir tussock moth-baculovirus system.
I am intrigued by the patterns of distribution of phenotypic variation in nature. I use genotype-phenotype maps to understand why a given molecular function evolved, and ask how accessible were different alternative outcomes during evolution.
I use mathematical models and field data to understand disease dynamics in the broader frame of management and climate change. My research focuses on competition and coexistence between a fungal and viral pathogen in the gypsy moth.
I study the Douglas-fir tussock moth and its associated nucleopolyhedroviruses as a model for pathogen coexistence. I’m particularly interested in how dispersal and stochastic processes alter scale-specific patterns.