Sarah earned a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College and then completed her M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecotoxicology in the Hopkins lab in 2008. For her Master’s research, she studied the latent effects of pesticide exposure on parasite infection in larval amphibians.

Sarah worked on a Ph.D as an IGERT Fellow in The University of Montana’s Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program and at the Odum School of Ecology at The University of Georgia. She investigated the factors that shape helminth communities and the consequences of helminth community interactions on bovine tuberculosis and host morbidity in African buffalo (Syncerus caffer). Her work took her to her to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve (pictured here).

In 2014, Sarah completed her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and moved into a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. She is now a Writing in Science and Engineering Teaching Fellow at Princeton University, and a Post Doc in the Graham Lab.


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Representative Publications

Budischak, S.A., Art Abrams, Eric Hoberg, A.E. Jolles, and V.O. Ezenwa. A combined parasitological molecular approach for noninvasive characterization of parasitic nematode communities in wild hosts. Molecular Ecology Resources, 15:1112-1119.

Budischak, S.A., K. Sakamoto, J.F. Urban, Jr, and V.O. Ezenwa. Resource limitation alters the consequences of co-infection for both hosts and parasites. International Journal for Parasitology, 45:455-463.

Hopkins, W.A., C. Bodinof, S.A. Budischak, and C. Perkins. 2013. Nondestructive indices of mercury exposure in three species of turtles occupying different trophic niches downstream from a former chloralkali facility. Ecotoxicology 22:22-32.

Budischak, S.A., A.E. Jolles, and V.O. Ezenwa. 2013. Direct and indirect costs of co-infection in the wild: linking GI parasite communities, host hematology, and immune function. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 1:2-12.

Bergeron, C.M., K.M. Bodinof, S.A. Budischak, H. Wada, J.M. Unrine, and W.A. Hopkins. 2011. Counterbalancing effects of maternal mercury exposure during different stages of early ontogeny in American toads. Science of the Total Environment 409:4746-4752.

Budischak, S.A., L.K. Belden, and W.A. Hopkins. 2009. Relative toxicity of malathion to trematode-infected and noninfected Rana palustris tadpoles. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 56:123-128.

Budischak, S.A., L.K. Belden, and W.A. Hopkins. 2008. The effects of malathion on embryonic development and latent susceptibility to trematode parasites in ranid tadpoles. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27:2496-2500.

Hester, J. M., S.A. Budischak, and M.E. Dorcas. 2008. The Davidson College Box Turtle Mark-Recapture Program: Urban Herpetological Research Made Possible by Citizen Scientists. In R. E. Jung and J. C. Mitchell (eds.), Urban Herpetology. Herpetological Conservation V.3, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Salt Lake City, UT.

Budischak, S.A., J.M. Hester, S.J. Price, and M.E. Dorcas. 2006. Natural history of Terrapene carolina (box turtles) in an urbanized landscape. Southeastern Naturalist. 5:191-204.

Ripperton, J.G., P.A. Peroni, and S.A. Budischak. 2006. Effects of burial on seed germination and seedling performance in white campion (Silene latifolia). Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 122:29-38.