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Kim Medley, PhD
Principal Investigator
Director, Tyson Research Center
e-mail: kim.medley@wustl.edu
phone: 314-935-8448

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Curriculum Vitae

 

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Solny Adalsteinsson, PhD
Staff Scientist, Tyson Research Center
e-mail: solny.adalsteinsson@wustl.edu
phone: 314-935-8437

Solny's lab works closely with us, and studies how human changes to the environment affect the ecology of vector-borne diseases, and ultimately impact disease risk for humans and wildlife. Solny's research has focused mainly on tick-borne disease ecology, including how urbanization and invasion by nonnative plants affect Lyme disease risk by influencing interactions between blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) and their vertebrate hosts in the mid-Atlantic US. At Tyson, Solny's lab is investigating the long-term effects of prescribed fire on lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum)-associated disease ecology in Ozark oak-hickory forests. As Tyson staff scientist, Solny also develops and implements long-term research and monitoring programs for a variety of systems and taxa on site.


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Katie Westby, PhD
Post-doctoral associate
e-mail: kwestby@wustl.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Katie is broadly interested in vector ecology and evolution, though she is very partial to studying container-breeding mosquitoes in the genera Aedes and Culex. In the Midwestern US, where Katie has conducted most of her research, species in these two genera are vectors of important human pathogens such as West Nile and La Crosse viruses. She asks questions about how both biotic and abiotic factors can influence a mosquito’s ability to successfully transmit pathogens. Katie has also begun to use mosquitoes as a model system to address basic questions in disease ecology, specifically the role of invasive mosquitoes in transmission of the obligate parasite Ascogregarina barretti in a native mosquito.


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Beth Biro, MS
Natural Resource Coordinator, Tyson Research Center
email: ebiro@wustl.edu
hone: 314-935-8438

Beth works as research support in the lab. She makes sure everyone has the necessary equipment, supplies and training needed for research to run smoothly and uses her expertise in aquatic ecology to help advise on projects and train students.  She has worked on a variety of projects at Tyson asking questions about community assembly, extinction, predator-prey interactions to name a few.  Her favorite focal species are Odonates and aquatic Coleoptera but she loves learning new species and working in different ecosystems.  


Undergraduate students

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Hanna Peterman
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17
WashU' 19

Project: Deer use and meningeal worm prevalence in burned and unburned forest plots

 

Lab alumni

Lexie Beckermann Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17 TERFer '15-'16 (Eureka HS) Southeast Missouri State University '21 Project: Behavioral and environmental factors influencing predation of invasive and native mosquitoes by Toxorhynchites

Lexie Beckermann
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17
TERFer '15-'16 (Eureka HS)
Southeast Missouri State University '21

Project: Behavioral and environmental factors influencing predation of invasive and native mosquitoes by Toxorhynchites

Aaron Heisey Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17 Wells College Project: Effects of prescribed fire on Lone Star tick questing behavior  

Aaron Heisey
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17
Wells College

Project: Effects of prescribed fire on Lone Star tick questing behavior  

Delilah Sayer Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '16-'17 Rockwood Summit High School Project: Effects of leaf detritus on parasite infection in container mosquitoes

Delilah Sayer
Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '16-'17
Rockwood Summit High School

Project: Effects of leaf detritus on parasite infection in container mosquitoes

Leslie Sterling Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17 Washington University '19 Project: Bird-tick abundance in burned and unburned forest plots

Leslie Sterling
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '17
Washington University '19

Project: Bird-tick abundance in burned and unburned forest plots

Brendan Sweetman Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '15,'16 WashU '18 Project: Effects of food quality on parasite infection in container mosquitoes

Brendan Sweetman
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '15,'16
WashU '18

Project: Effects of food quality on parasite infection in container mosquitoes

Thomas VanHorn Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '15,16' TERFer '13,'14 (Thomas Jefferson School) WashU '18 Project: Environmental drivers of abundance and spatial structure for the Lone star tick

Thomas VanHorn
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '15,16'
TERFer '13,'14 (Thomas Jefferson School)
WashU '18

Project: Environmental drivers of abundance and spatial structure for the Lone star tick

Bailey Saylor Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '16 Fort Zumwalt North High School Project: Land-use effects on earthworm abundance

Bailey Saylor
Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '16
Fort Zumwalt North High School

Project: Land-use effects on earthworm abundance

Omair Habib Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '16 Lafayette High School Project: Land-use effects on earthworm abundance

Omair Habib
Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '16
Lafayette High School

Project: Land-use effects on earthworm abundance

Jolena Pang Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '15 Clayton High School Project: Effects of resources and invasion on mosquito abundance

Jolena Pang
Tyson Environmental Research Fellow '15
Clayton High School

Project: Effects of resources and invasion on mosquito abundance

Amanda Kalupa Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '14 WashU '16 Project: Urban mosquito ecology

Amanda Kalupa
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '14
WashU '16

Project: Urban mosquito ecology

Ellie Moen Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '14 University of Illinois '16 Project: Urban mosquito ecology

Ellie Moen
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '14
University of Illinois '16

Project: Urban mosquito ecology

Anna Darling Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '14 WashU '16 Project: Urban ecology and design

Anna Darling
Tyson Undergraduate Fellow '14
WashU '16

Project: Urban ecology and design