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Altizer wins UGA Lamar Dodd Creative Research Award

Apr. 18, 2018



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Contact: Sonia Altizer, saltizer@uga.edu


Sonia Altizer, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Ecology, has won the 2018 Lamar Dodd Creative Research Award from the University of Georgia.

Altizer studies the interactions between animal behavior and the spread and evolution of infectious diseases in wildlife populations.

She has challenged longstanding assumptions that migrating animals suffer from greater parasitism and are sources for the spread of infectious agents. Instead, her research shows that for some animal species, including monarch butterflies, migrations reduce infection prevalence and allow migrants to escape from harmful parasites. Her teams deploy diverse approaches including controlled experiments, field sampling, analysis of citizen science data sets and mechanistic mathematical models.

Most recently, her research asks whether human-caused shifts in some species’ migratory to resident behavior can increase pathogen transmission and diminish health.

Creative Research Awards recognize outstanding bodies of work that have gained broad recognition.

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