I am broadly interested in the evolutionary and ecological processes that shape host-pathogen interactions in a wide variety of systems. Right now, I'm most interested in the links between qualitative and qualitative pathogen traits, or put simply, who pathogens infect and how aggressively they infect them. My current projects focus on the effects of climate change on plant pathogens and the effects of imperfect vaccines on pertussis evolution. Much of my work is theoretical or computational in nature, but I also spend a significant portion of my time in the field working with fungal pathogens of alpine wildflowers.
I began my Ph.D. with Jess Metcalf at Princeton in the fall of 2017. See the "research" section for what I'm currently working on!
During the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, I have researched the burden of disease in the U.S. and Africa, and investigated the evolutionary consequences of COVID-19 vaccines. I have also advised state governments on disease control strategy.
Since the summer of 2018, I have been studying the flax-rust plant pathosystem at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory with the help of an outstanding team of undergraduate researchers.