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Allison Neal
PhD Candidate | Department of Biology | University of Vermont


About Me

I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of parasites.

I am currently a 5th year graduate student in the Biology Department at the University of Vermont and work with Dr. Joseph Schall.

My graduate research focuses on applying the evolutionary theory of sex ratios to a malaria parasite, Plasmodium mexicanum, in its host the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentals)

My graduate work also led me to spend a summer in New Zealand on a National Science Foundation East Asia and the Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship where I worked with Dr. Robert Poulin studying the encysting behavior of a marine trematode in the genus Philophthalmus.

I enjoy teaching, and have worked with a number of undergraduate students both in the lab and in the field in addition to acting as a teaching assistant for two undergraduate courses: "Ecology and Evolution" and "Ecological Parasitology".