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Daniel Becker

Graduate Student
University of Georgia
Odum School of Ecology
Athens, GA 30602

email: dbecker@uga.edu

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Education

  • PhD track, Ecology, University of Georgia
  • BA, Anthropology, Bard College

Research Interests

  • Disease ecology
  • Supplemental feeding of wildlife
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Metapopulation theory
  • Zoonotic pathogens of bats
  • Microbiomes and health
  • Social epidemiology

Research Projects

  • Meta-analyses of wildlife infection responses to anthropogenic resources
  • Mathematical models of resource provisioning and infectious disease dynamics
  • Field studies of vampire bat pathogen responses to livestock intensification
  • Field studies of vampire bat microbial diversity and immune function
  • Social epidemiology analyses of zoonotic pathogen risk

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2014-Present)
  • ARCS Foundation Award, ARCS Foundation (2014-Present)
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Georgia (2012-2014)
  • RCNE Research Exchange Award, National Science Foundation (2015)
  • Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi (2015)
  • Exploration Fund Grant, The Explorers Club (2015)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2015)
  • Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia (2015)
  • Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi (2014)
  • Exploration Fund Grant, The Explorers Club (2014)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2014)
  • One Health Seed Grant, University of Georgia (2013)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2013)
  • Student Research Grant, Animal Behavior Society (2013)
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, American Society of Mammalogists (2013)
  • Student Research Scholarship, Bat Conservation International (2013)
  • Tinker Graduate Field Research Award, university of Georgia (2013)
  • RCNE Research Exchange Award, National Science Foundation (2013)
  • Odum School of Ecology Small Grant, University of Georgia (2012)
  • Franz Boas / Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology, Bard College (2010)
  • Bard Junior Fellowship, Bard College (2009)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Association for Ecology & Health
  • Research Coordination Network in Ecoimmunology
  • Sigma Xi, Associate Membership
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Selected Publications

Becker DJ and Hall RJ (2015). Heterogeneity in patch quality buffers metapopulations from pathogen impacts. Theoretical Ecology. 1–9.

Becker DJ, Oloya J, Ezeamama AE (2015). Household socioeconomic and demographic correlates of Cryptosporidium seropositivity in the United States. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9, e0004080.

Becker DJ, Streicker DG, and Altizer S (2015). Linking anthropogenic resources to wildlife–pathogen dynamics: a review and meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 18, 483–495.

Becker DJ and Hall RJ (2014). Too much of a good thing: resource provisioning alters infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. Biology Letters 10, 20140309.

McCartor A and Becker DJ (2010). World’s Worst Pollution Problems Report 2010: Top Six Toxic Threats. New York, New York. Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland.

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Daniel Becker