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Allison Neal
Lecturer | Department of Biology | University of Vermont


About Me

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

I recently completed my PhD in the Biology Department at the University of Vermont and am now teaching two courses there.

My graduate research was advised by Dr. Joseph Schall and focused 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. I am currently teaching 2 courses: a large-enrollment introductory biology course and a small-enrollment course called "Science as a Way of Knowing" that incorporates discussion, writing, and original research. In the past, I acted as a teaching assistant for two undergraduate courses: "Ecology and Evolution" and "Ecological Parasitology".