I am a PhD student at the University of California Davis in the Graduate Group in Ecology in the lab of Dr. Andy Sih. I study how host behavior influences risk of infection with parasites, and how parasites subsequently change host behavior and correlations between host phenotypic traits. I’m particularly interested in parasites that manipulate the phenotype of their hosts to increase the parasite’s likelihood of transmission.
In January I’ll be heading down to Houston, TX to start as the Huxley Fellow at Rice University in the BioSciences Department.
E-mail me at: KLSmit (at) UCDavis (dot) edu