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C. Jessica Metcalf

Department/Program(s):
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Position: Assistant Professor
Title: Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.
Area(s):
  • Disease
Office: 106C Guyot Hall
Phone: 609-258-6228
C. Jessica Metcalf




I am a demographer with broad interests in evolutionary ecology and infectious disease dynamics. Questions that particularly interest me currently include: how will changing human demography change infectious disease incidence and spread? What drives dynamics of rubella through space and time, and what does this indicate for vaccine control? What are the key influences on dynamics of malaria inside the bloodstream of mice, and what does this imply for control as well as evolution of the parasite? When should reproduction occur in plants where reproduction is fatal (from an evolutionary perspective) and can we link this back to the genetic background using the model plant system, Arabidopsis thaliana? How long do trees live and what does this imply for rates of carbon turnover and recovery following the spread of forest pathogens?