Teaching: Investigative Approaches in Biology, Physiological Ecology
Research: Disease Ecology, Physiological Ecology
Degrees: B.S., Gannon University
Ph.D., University of Memphis
Office Location: Doane Hall of Chemistry C.202
Student Office Hours: M 2 – 3 pm; T 10 am – 12 pm; W 2 – 3 pm; F 1 – 3 pm
The emergence of infectious diseases is one of the largest threats to human and wildlife health. The overall aim of my research is to better understand the consequences of parasite infection on wildlife and the cascading effects that parasites have on species interactions. I take a multidisciplinary approach to studying host-parasite interactions and I integrate molecular, physiological, and ecological approaches in my research. Currently, most of the research in my lab falls under three general themes within disease ecology: (1) understanding the relationship between host physiology and disease risk, (2) identifying host traits that reduce, or amplify, pathogen transmission, and (3) surveying natural populations of aquatic vertebrates for parasites. My laboratory is equipped to study various aquatic pathogens; however, most of my students work with amphibians and the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (“Bd“). Bd is one of the deadliest organisms on the planet and it is linked to amphibian declines and extinctions on every continent except Antarctica.
In addition to studying wildlife diseases, I have expertise in ecology and herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles) and I can oversee comp projects that fall under numerous categories in these fields.
Please visit my website for more info about past and current research projects as well as my own research interests: https://sites.google.com/site/veneskylab/