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Department of Infectious Diseases

Vanessa Ezenwa

Vanessa Ezenwa

Odum School of Ecology
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Research Interests

  • Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Host physiology and behavior as drivers of variation in parasite susceptibility and exposure
  • Links between biodiversity loss and infectious diseases

Selected Publications

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  • Godsey MS Jr, King RJ, Burkhalter K, Delorey M, Colton L, Charnetzky D, Sutherland G, Ezenwa VO, Wilson LA, Coffey M, Milheim LE, Taylor VG, Palmisano C, Wesson DM, Guptill SC. Ecology of Potential West Nile Virus Vectors in Southeastern Louisiana: Enzootic Transmission in the Relative Absence of Culex quinquefasciatus. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Mar 11.
  • Ezenwa VO, Gerardo NM, Inouye DW, Medina M, Xavier JB. Microbiology. Animal behavior and the microbiome. Science. 2012 Oct 12;338(6104):198-9.
  • Beechler BR, Broughton H, Bell A, Ezenwa VO, Jolles AE. Innate immunity in free-ranging African buffalo (Syncerus caffer): associations with parasite infection and white blood cell counts. Physiol Biochem Zool. 2012 May-Jun;85(3):255-64.
  • Ogada DL, Torchin ME, Kinnaird MF, Ezenwa VO. Effects of vulture declines on facultative scavengers and potential implications for mammalian disease transmission. Conserv Biol. 2012 Jun;26(3):453-60.
  • Ezenwa VO, Jolles AE. From host immunity to pathogen invasion: the effects of helminth coinfection on the dynamics of microparasites. Integr Comp Biol. 2011 Oct;51(4):540-51.
  • Hawley DM, Etienne RS, Ezenwa VO, Jolles AE. Does animal behavior underlie covariation between hosts’ exposure to infectious agents and susceptibility to infection? Implications for disease dynamics. Integr Comp Biol. 2011 Oct;51(4):528-39.
  • Nunn CL, Ezenwa VO, Arnold C, Koenig WD. Mutualism or parasitism? Using a phylogenetic approach to characterize the oxpecker-ungulate relationship. Evolution. 2011 May;65(5):1297-304.
  • Ezenwa VO, Etienne RS, Luikart G, Beja-Pereira A, Jolles A. Hidden consequences of living in a wormy world: nematode-induced immune suppression facilitates tuberculosis invasion in African buffalo. Am Nat. 2010 Nov;176(5):613-24.
  • Archie EA, Ezenwa VO. Population genetic structure and history of a generalist parasite infecting multiple sympatric host species. Int J Parasitol. 2011 Jan;41(1):89-98.
  • Ezenwa VO, Hines AM, Archie EA, Hoberg EP, Asmundsson IM, Hogg JT. Muellerius capillaris dominates the lungworm community of bighorn sheep at the National Bison Range, Montana. J Wildl Dis. 2010 Jul;46(3):988-93.

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