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David Vasquez Jr.

PhD Student

Odum School of Ecology



About Me

I am a 4th year Ecology Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia in the NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales program. I am advised by Dr. Andrew Park.


I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2015 where I focused on examining the links between social dominance and disease transmission in house finches in Dr. Dana Hawley's Lab.


After graduation, I participated in a NIH Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Missouri where I analyzed the genetic variability of nematode brainworms collected from infected white-tailed deer in the Midwest in Dr. Lori Eggert's Lab. 


To date, I have conducted research on a variety of different animals and the parasites and pathogens that they are commonly infected with. This has included snails, aquatic insect larvae, house finches, bess beetles, African buffalo, bighorn sheep, and white-tailed deer.


For my dissertation research, I am investigating how ecological and environmental conditions can affect the geographic distribution and fitness of parasites in white-tailed deer. My work will span several scales and utilize methods in statistical modeling.


April 2019: I received an Odum Travel Award and Odum Graduate Diversity Award

December 2018: I was selected as a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow.

April 2018: I received an Exploration Fund Grant from the Explorers Club

May 2017: I received an IDEAS Research Grant

April 2017: I was elected as a Graduate Student Organization Co-President and I will serve on the Diversity Committee.

March 2017: I received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

September 2016: I will serve on the Prospective Student Recruitment Committee for the Graduate Student Symposium in 2017.

August 2016: I will serve as the Student Representative for the IDEAS Steering Committee and Admissions Committee from 2016-2017.

March 2016: I will join the IDEAS PhD program at UGA and I received an IDEAS training fellowship.

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