Emme Bruns, PI

Emme got her start in plant disease ecology at the University of California Santa Cruz.  She did her Ph.D. with Dr. Georgiana May at the University of Minnesota, studying constraints to oat crown rust virulence evolution.  She went on to a post-doc with Dr. Janis Antonovics at the University of Virginia, studying disease dynamics at species range limits in the Alps.  She started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland in January 2020.  

contact:  ebruns@umd.edu

Sam Slowinski, Postdoc

We are excited to welcome Sam to the lab this summer!!  Sam is an evolutionary biologist and disease ecologist.  He will be working on the evolution of age-specific susceptibly.  Check out his website to learn about his cool prior work on experimental host-parasite coevolution in nematodes and impacts of migration on disease in birds:   http://samslowinski.weebly.com/

Allyson Kido, Lab manager

Ally is a graduate of Amherst College, where she majored in biology and did her thesis research on the relationship between pigmentation and stress in convict cichlids.  After graduating she worked as a technician in the lab of Michael Hood at Amherst college studying anther-smut disease.    

Kiley Bitner-Parish

Kiley is a sophomore double majoring in biology and environmental economics.  She is interested in the intersection of plant ecology and disease.  In her spare time she rides horses at the campus farm.

Interested in joining the lab?

I am looking for motivated graduate students and undergraduates interested in disease evolutionary-ecology with an enthusiasm for working with plants. If you are interested, send me an email with your research interests and a CV. 

Prospective grad-students:  I accept PhD students through the Behavior Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (BEES) graduate program at UMD.  If you are interested please reach out by email, share your CV, and tell me why you are interested in the lab.  

Prospective Undergraduates:  Motivated undergraduates interested in ecology and evolution of plants and their pathogens are encouraged to reach out and learn about research opportunities.  For examples of past undergraduate projects check look here.  If you're interested in getting involved, please reach out and explain your specific interests in the lab.  For more general advice on how to find reach out to faculty to find research opportunities as an undergrad, here is a great resource the Koskella Lab at UC Berekley.

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