Erin Morcecai

Erin Mordecai

I am interested in the interface between disease and community ecology. In particular, how can pathogens structure communities of host species? I work with both theoretical models and empirical data, and my interests range through a variety of systems, including seed pathogens in invaded grasslands, trematodes in salt marsh snails, and Lyme disease in small animal host communities. Each of these systems yields interesting conceptual and applied questions about how multiple diseases and/or multiple hosts coexist. I am a 3rd-year PhD student in the Levine and Lafferty labs at UCSB, and I obtained my bachelor's degree in Mathematical Biology from the University of Georgia in 2007.