Cattle movement and disease spread – Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Analyze livestock shipment patterns at the national scale in the US.
  • Analyze population genetics of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) to evaluate potential reservoirs of infection (manuscript in prep).
  • Model a hypothetical outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the context of cattle shipment networks in C++.

Career Fellow

Yale University
New Haven, CT

  • Planned and led an introductory workshop for Yale graduate students entering the job market to create personal websites.
  • Planned and co-taught a series of six workshops designed to help students narrow down career options, from self-assessment, to networking, to preparing application materials. See participant evaluations here.
  • Created an online collaborative tool using Google spreadsheets that automagically compiles content from multiple contributors into an HTML-formatted email newsletter. This tool increased our office’s efficiency such that three other graduate student offices subsequently hired me to create similar tools for compiling their email newsletters.

Simulating pathogen survival in a multi-host community – Graduate Student Researcher

New Haven, CT
Tick burden and aggregation affect survival of a host-specialized pathogen (portions presented at the Evolution meeting and Society of Vector Ecology congress in 2009)
Working in R, I created a model that simulates transmission of a pathogen through a heterogeneous community of hosts for several generations. In particular, I examined the effects of vector (tick) aggregation among these hosts and the implications for pathogen survival.
One of the most interesting outcomes of this study was that clustering of vectors among hosts can actually decrease the likelihood of pathogen survival, but only if the probabilities of a host becoming infected and transmitting infection are disassociated (which may be the case to some degree with ticks).
I presented this work at the Society of Vector Ecology Congress in Antalya, Turkey, as an invited student speaker, covered in Yale Public Health magazine.

Wildlife trapping field coordinator – Graduate Student Researcher

Yale University
New Haven, CT
2008 – 2012

Wrestling with a flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans)
  • Trapped small mammals and mist-netted birds, examined and collected ectoparasites.
  • Planned study design and logistics; planned travel and acquired necessary tools and equipment within limited budget.
  • Hired, trained, and supervised a team of five field and laboratory technicians.
  • Designed database (Microsoft Access) and wrote R program code for data analysis.