My research is on the ecological interactions of pathogens, and what consequences these interactions have for the spread of disease. Organisms can be infected with more than one pathogen, and it can even be common for this to happen in some systems, like the one I work with. I study viruses that infect wild and agricultural grasses. I am using them to better understand how changes in the levels of nutrients in the environment, which can occur with the use of fertilizers, affect pathogen interactions, transmission, and virulence.
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
University of Minnesota
140 Gortner Laboratory
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108