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David Vasquez Jr.

University of Georgia
Room 126, Odum School of Ecology
Athens, GA 30602

email: dvasquez@uga.edu

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  • Ph.D. Student, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
  • NSF-NRT: Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales, UGA
  • NIH Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, University of Missouri
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Research Interests

  • Social Networks and Disease Transmission
  • Animal Behavior and Personality
  • Eco-immunology
  • Population-level Disease Modeling
  • Co-infection Dynamics

Research Projects

  • Investigating the effects of the Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae outbreak in Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) at the National Bison Range. My studies will integrate social network analyses, ecoimmunology, and mathematical modeling.
  • Examining the relationships between social network data and immunological data collected on African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) from 2009-2011.
  • Investigating the effects of a non-lethal nematode parasite on exploratory behavior and boldness in invertebrates (in collaboration with Andy Davis)

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2019 - 2022)
  • NSF Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales Training Fellowship (2017 - 2019)
  • IDEAS Research Grant (2017)
  • Missouri Department of Conservation Research Grant (2016)
  • Arthur Buikema Outstanding Senior Researcher Award for Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech (2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Integrative and Comparitive Biology
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • VectorBiTE Research Coordination Network
  • Infectious Disease Evolution Across Scales RCN

Selected Publications

  • Davis, A.K., Vasquez, D., LeFeuvre, J., Sims, C., Craft, M., and Vizurraga, A. 2017. Parasite manipulation of its host's physiological reaction to acute stress: experimental results from a natural beetle-nematode system. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.
  • Vasquez, D., Willoughby, A., and Davis, A.K. 2015. Fighting while Parasitized: Can Nematode Infections Affect the Outcome of Staged Combat in Beetles? PLoS ONE 10(4):e0121614. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121614
  • Zaleski, D.P., Seifert, N.A., Steber, A.L., Muckle, M.T., Loomis, R.A., Corby, J.F., Martinez, O., Crabtree, K.N., Jewell, P.R., Hollis, J.M., Lovas, F.J., Vasquez, D., Nyiramahirwe, J., Sciortino, N., Johnson, K., McCarthy, M.C., Remijan, A.J., and Pate, B.H. 2013. Detection of E-Cyanomethanimine toward Sagittarius B2(N) in the Green Bank Telescope PRIMOS survey. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 765, L10

Download Vitae: Vasquez_David_CV_Updated_January_18_2018.pdf

David Vasquez Jr.