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Daniel Becker

Graduate Student
University of Georgia
Odum School of Ecology
Athens, GA 30602

email: dbecker@uga.edu

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Education

  • PhD track, Ecology, University of Georgia
  • BA, Anthropology, Bard College

Research Interests

  • Disease ecology
  • Supplemental feeding of wildlife
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Foraging ecology
  • Metapopulation theory
  • Zoonotic pathogens of bats
  • Microbiomes and health
  • Social epidemiology

Research Projects

  • Meta-analyses of wildlife infection responses to anthropogenic resources
  • Mathematical models of resource provisioning and infectious disease dynamics
  • Field studies of vampire bat pathogen responses to livestock intensification
  • Field studies of vampire bat microbial diversity and immune function
  • Social epidemiology analyses of zoonotic pathogen exposure

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2014-Present)
  • ARCS Foundation Award, ARCS Foundation (2014-Present)
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Georgia (2012-2014)
  • RCNE Research Exchange Award, National Science Foundation (2015)
  • Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi (2015)
  • Exploration Fund Grant, The Explorers Club (2015)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2015)
  • Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia (2015)
  • Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi (2014)
  • Exploration Fund Grant, The Explorers Club (2014)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2014)
  • One Health Seed Grant, University of Georgia (2013)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2013)
  • Student Research Grant, Animal Behavior Society (2013)
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, American Society of Mammalogists (2013)
  • Student Research Scholarship, Bat Conservation International (2013)
  • Tinker Graduate Field Research Award, university of Georgia (2013)
  • RCNE Research Exchange Award, National Science Foundation (2013)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2012)
  • Franz Boas / Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology, Bard College (2010)
  • Bard Junior Fellowship, Bard College (2009)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Association for Ecology & Health
  • Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology
  • Sigma Xi, Associate Membership
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Selected Publications

Becker DJ, Streicker DG, and Altizer S. (2015). Linking anthropogenic resources to wildlife–pathogen dynamics: a review and meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 18, 483–495.

Becker DJ and Hall RJ (2014). Too much of a good thing: resource provisioning alters infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. Biology Letters 10, 20140309.

McCartor A and Becker DJ (2010). World’s Worst Pollution Problems Report 2010: Top Six Toxic Threats. New York, New York. Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland.

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Daniel Becker