Current Trainees

Interests: understanding the effects of anthropogenic stressors on gut microbiomes and how landscape changes affect pathogen transmission between animals


Previous Education: B.S. in Biology from the University of Redlands (Southern California), 2013; M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, 2016


Advisors: Nichole Gottdenker and Michael Strand



Kaylee Arnold

Interests: parasitology and community ecology, especially how parasite-host interactions affects the host's ecological relationships with other species.


Previous Education: B.S. Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis


Why IDEAS?: The rich combination of interdisciplinary researchers and resources drew me to IDEAS.


Advisors: Jeb Byers and Michael Yabsley



Alex Lee

Interests: integrating ecological, epidemiological, and dynamical systems theory to improve our ability to probe signals of tipping points in real data


Previous Education: B.S. Mathematics and Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College


Why IDEAS?: I was drawn to the IDEAS program because of the emphasis on preparation for government and industry career paths.


Advisors: John Drake and Chris Whalen



Paige Miller

Interests: incorporating aspects of ecoimmunology, animal behavior, ecophysiology, co-infection dynamics, and network theory in my dissertation research.


Previous Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in, 2015; Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Missouri; Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU participant, 2014


Why IDEAS?: When IDEAS launched, I discovered that there wasn’t another program in the country that could compete with it. With IDEAS, I am most excited to participate in an internship that will utilize the skills I have acquired on campus in a real world environment.


Advisors: Vanessa Ezenwa and Andrew Park



David Vasquez

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