Photo by Faith Walker
Jeff Foster, Assistant Professor
I work on pathogen evolution and disease ecology in wildlife and livestock. Recent research foci include white-nose syndrome in bats, brucellosis in a range of hosts, and avian cholera and malaria in birds. Much of my training was in avian ecology, focusing on native and introduced birds in Hawaii and elsewhere. I continue to work in the Hawaiian Islands on seed dispersal and native forest birds (vicariously through lucky students).
Kevin Drees, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Kevin is a bioinformaticist and microbiologist working on the genomics of Pseudogymnoascus destructans and other pathogens. He loves Star Wars, coffee, and the #9. Despite his calm demeanor, don't mess with him, he is a black belt in karate.
Katy Parise, M.S., Lab Manager
Katy oversees all aspects of day to day operations of the lab, particularly white-nose syndrome diagnostics (more specifically Pd detection). She is a qPCR master. Her cat is named Foster, no relation.
Devon O'Rourke, Graduate Student
Devon joins the lab after spending his first year at the University of New Hampshire studying microbial evolution. He is currently working on a project describing the diversity and abundance of insects in bat diets - check out his work here. He spent his previous seven years as a high school science teacher, carpenter, and very amateur stand up paddle boarder.
Meghan Ange, Graduate Student
Meg's interests are in disease ecology and she'll be working on a project on white-nose syndrome in bats in newly emerging regions.
Katherine Ineson (Gillman), Graduate Student
Katherine's project focuses on the demography of remnant populations of bats in the Northeast as they recover from white-nose syndrome.
Awesome Undergraduate Researchers
Work in progress
Pete Motyka, Graduate Student
Pete studied the ecology of a Hawaiian Honeycreeper, the Maui Alauahio, in non-native forests on Maui.