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Allison Neal
Lecturer | Department of Biology | University of Vermont

 

 
  General   |   Methods   |   Results   |   Plasmodium mexicanum   |   Field Sites   |   Sand Fly Genetics   |   Philophthalmus
 
My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of parasites and their hosts.

My graduate research focused on the application of sex ratio theory to malaria parasites, with an emphasis on the lizard malaria parasite Plasmodium mexicanum. I used a multifaceted approach combining fieldwork, light microscopy, microsatellite analysis, and mathematical modeling. The figure to the right summarizes the main predictions that my thesis tested, and more details about my methods, results, field sites, and the life cycle of the parasite can be found on the other areas of this page.

I have also mentored a number of undergraduates on research projects, both stemming from my dissertation work and independent from it. One of the more recent projects investigated the population genetics of the sand fly that transmits P. mexicanum. Other projects focused on a variety of topics mostly centered on parasite interactions within their lizard host.