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I study the community ecology of disease in a variety of systems. As an undergraduate, I worked on amphibian and macroinvertebrate communities in ponds and the frog-killing chytrid fungus. As a Ph.D. student, I studied how predation, competition, and rapid evolution shaped the size of epidemics in populations of zooplankton (Daphnia dentifera) in lakes. As a postdoc, I study how resource supply, vector behavior, and within-host interactions shape the transmission of aphid-vectored viruses (B/CYDVs) in grasses. Across these study systems, I approach my research from a set of three complementary perspectives. Observations from nature inspire questions, experiments test specific predictions, and mathematical models generalize theory. This iterative combination of field work, experiments, and modelling allows me to rigorously test and develop relevant ideas for the community ecology of disease.

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Research Output

Cross-scale dynamics in community and disease ecology: relative timescales shape the community ecology of pathogens

Strauss, A. T., Shoemaker, L. G., Seabloom, E. W. & Borer, E. T., Nov 1 2019, In : Ecology. 100, 11, e02836.

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  • 1 Scopus citations

    Pathogens manipulate the preference of vectors, slowing disease spread in a multi-host system

    Shoemaker, L. G., Hayhurst, E., Weiss-Lehman, C. P., Strauss, A. T., Porath-Krause, A., Borer, E. T., Seabloom, E. W. & Shaw, A. K., Jul 2019, In : Ecology letters. 22, 7, p. 1115-1125 11 p.

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  • 2 Scopus citations

    Draft genome sequence of “candidatus spirobacillus cienkowskii,” a pathogen of freshwater daphnia species, reconstructed from hemolymph metagenomic reads

    Bresciani, L., Lemos, L. N., Wale, N., Lin, J. Y., Strauss, A. T., Duffy, M. A. & Rodrigues, J. L. M., Dec 6 2018, In : Microbiology Resource Announcements. 7, 22, e01175-18.

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  • 1 Scopus citations

    Linking host traits, interactions with competitors and disease: Mechanistic foundations for disease dilution

    Strauss, A. T., Bowling, A. M., Duffy, M. A., Cáceres, C. E. & Hall, S. R., May 2018, In : Functional Ecology. 32, 5, p. 1271-1279 9 p.

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  • 7 Scopus citations

    Parasite rearing and infection temperatures jointly influence disease transmission and shape seasonality of epidemics

    Shocket, M. S., Vergara, D., Sickbert, A. J., Walsman, J. M., Strauss, A. T., Hite, J. L., Duffy, M. A., Cáceres, C. E. & Hall, S. R., Sep 2018, In : Ecology. 99, 9, p. 1975-1987 13 p.

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  • 5 Scopus citations