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Dr. Dana Hawley

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Biological Sciences

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Dr. Hawley’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on wildlife disease ecology and evolution. In relation to global change, Dr. Hawley studies how anthropogenic and ecological factors influence disease severity and pathogen evolution. She is particularly interested in how global changes may alter both organismal susceptibility and exposure to pathogens, and how these changes may scale up to influence population-level disease dynamics.  She is also studying how global changes such as the supplemental feeding of wildlife may alter pathogen evolutionary trade-offs, potentially resulting in the evolution of more harmful diseases.

Dr. Hawley is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Hawley currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Functional Ecology.  At Virginia Tech, Dr. Hawley has taught undergraduate courses in Wildlife Disease Ecology and Ornithology. At the Graduate level, she has taught courses in Scientific Outreach and Advanced Wildlife Disease Ecology.