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I am currently building vector surveillance and research capacity at the University of Illinois INHS Medical Entomology Lab. We are collecting mosquitoes and ticks around the State of IL and conducting high-throughput taxonomic diagnostics and molecular analyses of mosquitoes and ticks, and their pathogens, microbiomes, and population genetics. I run the lab's statewided active tick surveillance program through a contract with IDPH. I have additional interests in vector ecology, behavior, functional morphology, and risk analysis. I received a BS in Biology from UNC - Chapel Hill, and an MS and PhD in Entomology from Clemson University. I have completed two postdocs, in American Samoa and Switzerland, on biology and control of insect vectors. And, I was a Risk Analyst for the USDA APHIS. My research interests are in animal behavior, basic and applied biological research, data gathering and analysis, ecology, entomology, invasive species biology, neglected and (re)emerging diseases, symbioses and coevolution, science communication and collaboration, and teaching.

Education/Academic qualification

Entomology, PhD, Clemson University


Award Date: Aug 1 2011

Biology/Chemistry, BSc, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Award Date: May 15 2006


  • QH Natural history
  • ticks
  • mosquitoes
  • vector-borne disease
  • vector ecology
  • vector behavior
  • vector surveillance
  • pathogen testing
  • QL Zoology
  • vector morphology


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