Sarah Budischak successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Georgia this summer. Her dissertation was titled: Causes and consequences of coinfection: insights from community ecology.
Sarah found that nematode parasites can influence condition, hematology, reproduction, and survival of African buffalo. Using new molecular techniques to identify worm species was critical, since the two most common species had opposing relationships with host fitness components.
Dr. Budischak has just accepted a post-doc at Princeton University. Congratulations, Sarah!