Welcome to Splitting Spines, a blog originally dedicated to all things ants and plants but which has since evolved with my interests to cover topics related to disease ecology, entomology and science I find interesting.

As I have migrated from working in Tom E. X. Miller’s lab at Rice University to working at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State, this blog has changed along with my scientific interests. I am currently asking how malaria parasites affect the fitness of vector-host (mosquitoes) and will be exploring other environmental factors that affect mosquito fitness, to better understand how vector-control interventions could be improved or to determine other factors that need to be considered in mosquito control measures.

I will try to keep this blog up to date with current research emerging in the field and my take on what’s happening in the world of science, if you enjoy the posts, check out my other blog posts for Andrew Read’s lab group at Penn State. We maintain a lab group blog you can follow here.


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