I am a senior researcher in the Laine Lab at the University of Zurich and I am broadly interested in understanding patterns of parasite diversity and abundance in a changing world. My work, which is often plant-based, focuses on the community ecology of infectious diseases in a variety of systems: parasite assemblages on Lolium arundinaceum, Plantago lanceolata, and across host communities in Southeastern US old fields, Pacific US grasslands, and subalpine European meadows; and on plant community ecology and species invasions. I have also been active in contributing conceptual synthesis in this field. I am also a dedicated teacher and mentor. I am committed to communicating my research to practitioners and the public via workshops, presentations, and social media.