Cecilia Sánchez

Ph.D. Ecology Candidate
Major Advisor: Sonia Altizer

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B.S. intensive Biology (concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology),  Yale University, 2013

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2017, National Geographic Early Career Grant
2017, Frank Golley Memorial Award
2016-2019, ARCS Foundation Award
2016, Graduate Student Diversity Engagement Award
2015, Graduate Diversity Award
2014-2017, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Research Interests

Effects of urbanization on wildlife movement and health; flying fox ecology; viral zoonoses of bats; toxicant and disease interactions; safety practices of bat workers; assessing nutrition and body condition in wildlife

  • human-driven impacts on infectious disease ecology in wildlife
  • emerging infectious diseases
  • nutrition and infection
  • ecology and behavior of fruit bats
Selected Publications

Sanchez CA, Becker DJ, Barriga P, Brown LM, Majewska AA, Teitelbaum CS, Hall RJ, Altizer S. On the relationship between body condition and parasite infection in wildlife: a review and meta-analysis. In press at Ecology Letters

Kessler MK, Becker DJ, Peel AJ, Justice NV, Lunn T, Crowley DE, Jones DN, Eby P, Sanchez CA, Plowright RK. Changing resource landscapes and spillover of henipaviruses. In press at Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Sanchez C, Brown A. 2017. Creating our own community. Science. 355(6332): 1446.

Sanchez CA, Baker ML. 2016. Disease risk perception and safety practices: A survey of Australian flying fox rehabilitators. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 10(2): e0004411.