Principal Investigator

Project Scientists

Postdoctoral Researchers

Quantitative Disease Ecologist

Ecology / Population dynamics / Disease dynamics / Biological pest control / Metabolic theory

Graduate Students

Studies chytridiomycosis of amphibians

I am interested in how the genetics of host-pathogen interactions drive disease dynamics in wildlife populations, and how this can be used to inform species conservation and disease management plans. I am currently studying the genetic determinants of host susceptibility and pathogen virulence in the amphibian-chytridiomycosis system across various frog populations in California.

Google Scholar


Interested in using empirical & theoretical frameworks to understand the ecology and evolution of vector-borne diseases in a changing climate.

Technical Staff

Administrative Staff


Rebecca Abel
Alyssa Byer
Spencer Chau
Josephine Graeber
Meryem Guler
Yanelyn Perez
Karen Sidhu
Chloe Swain
Melinda Zemberi


PhD Students
Name Current Affiliation Years in Lab
Andrea Adams UC Santa Barbara 2010-2017
Matthew Daugherty UC Riverside 2006
Andrea Jani University of Hawaii 2010-2014
Andrew MacDonald Stanford 2012-2016
Lara Rachowicz Independent Research Professional 2005
Thomas Smith UC Santa Barbara 2011-2015
Mary Stice-Kishiyama Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2009
Mary Toothman
Tate Tunstall University of Maryland 2012
Mark Wilber Colorado State University 2012-2017
Emily Wilson UC Santa Barbara 2012-2017
Postdoctoral Researchers
Name Current Affiliation Years in Lab
Elizabeth Borer Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota 2002-2003
Perry de Valpine Associate Professor at UC Berkeley 2002-2004
Brian Drawert Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina Asheville 2017
Martha Hoopes Professor at Mount Holyoke College 1999-2004
Leah Johnson Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech 2009-2011
Joe Mihaljevic Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University 2017-2018
Andrea Swei San Francisco State University 2009-2011
Vance Vredenburg Associate Professor at San Francisco State University 2003-2007