My research focuses on the role of parental effects in disease ecology.
As a disease ecologist, I am interested in interactions between hosts, pathogens and the environment. Specifically, I want to understand why individuals vary in how they respond to infection.
Parental effects are non-genomic contributions from parents that shape offspring traits. I am interested in exploring how stressors in the parental environment (disease, predation risk, etc.) shape offspring physiology and behavior.
Glucocorticoids are hormones that allow organisms to respond to and recover from stressors. I investigate how these hormones interact with the immune system and examine if these interactions underlie individual responses to infection and chronic stress.