Department of Biological Sciences
Schenectady, NY 12308
My research is focused on various aspects of disease ecology and wildlife conservation. This has been embodied in two long term research projects:
- Tick borne diseases: Understanding the roles that various host species play in determining disease risks to humans;
- Conservation of the Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) by studying the causes of its decline, with special focus on raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis).
More recent interests, in collaboration with my students:
- Effects of various soil conditions on the survival of engorged black-legged ticks
- Stable Isotope Analysis of tick feeding associations
I have also studied:
- Seed predation and other small mammal effects on plant community composition and structure.