I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota looking at pathogen community ecology in big cats and in birds (they really are great habitat!). The focus of my research is with viruses, but I’m interested in any multi-pathogen system (or even one pathogen with many genotypes). I try to bridge the gap between community ecology and phylogenetics by using one to inform the other. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring students of all ages. Some other projects of mine include; agent-based and system dynamics models to better understand highly pathogenic avian influenza, understanding the phylogenetic dimensions of rabies models and using functional traits to understand arthropogenic impacts on a variety of organisms in tall forest to urban landscapes .
I have a broad interest in applied and theoretical community ecology and a passion for anything invertebrate/parasitic. In my spare time I’m a mad home-brewer and love to get out skiing, biking and hiking as much as possible.
See what else my current lab does here: http://www.mcraftlab.wordpress.com