Undergraduate research

If you are an undergraduate student who is interested in conducting research in my lab, please send me an email at arietta.flemingdavies “at” gmail ‘dot” com to set up a meeting.  Please tell me a little bit about your interests and experiences in the email.

Several undergraduate students have worked with me on independent projects in disease ecology, either on disease modeling projects using the statistical software R, or on projects that combine field data collection and modeling.  I am interested in advising student projects on disease ecology, plant-insect interactions, insect behavior, or a wide range of other topics in population and community ecology, particularly those that span the intersection of ecology and evolution.

Current and former undergraduate students:

Sarah Rainey, Radford University class of 2017, completed a project modeling the effects of movement between refugee camps on the spread of cholera as part of her Honors thesis.  Sarah recently participated in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Georgia, and will be presenting her work at the NIMBioS Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics
Asher Hudson, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, worked with me and another postdoc in Greg Dwyer’s lab, David Paez, on a project looking at genotype by genotype interactions between gypsy moths their virus.  Asher recently started the PhD program in population biology at UC Davis in 2017, and the results of his study were published as a peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
Projects from Tropical Biology Field Course 2015:  I traveled with the 2015 Tropical Biology Field Course, and advised students on independent field projects in tropical biology, including one project on the demography of agave plants and another on nectar robbing of an invasive plant.