I have just finished my first year in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD program at Indiana University (Bloomington). I study the community ecology of infectious disease, using a zooplankton - fungus model system. I am interested in how community level interactions (different species interacting with each other and with their environment) can promote or prevent fungal epidemics in Daphnia populations in Midwestern lakes. My work employs a combination of field work at the lakes, laboratory experiments (pictured: zooplankton communities & epidemics in tubs), and mathematical modeling to help explain field and lab patterns. I am also interested in the role that infectious disease can play in species invasions.