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Rachel Paseka


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I study the interactive links between infectious disease and ecosystem processes. As a graduate student at Rutgers University, I used ecological stoichiometry as a framework to study nutrient dynamics in host-parasite interactions and to link infection patterns with ecosystem-level nutrient availability. My graduate research focused on macroparasites infecting freshwater fish and included field surveys, mesocosm and laboratory experiments, and elemental chemistry. As a postdoc in the Borer-Seabloom lab at UMN, I am continuing to pursue the connections between ecosystems and disease with a focus on autotroph-pathogen interactions. Along with collaborators from a multi-institutional working group funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), I am using data synthesis and developing mathematical theory to study feedbacks between human actions and microbial diseases of autotrophs across ecosystem types and scales of ecological complexity.


515 Ecology
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108