David is broadly interested in parasites and behavior; especially in situations where the host is social. He moved to Penn State in April 2011, where he is part of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. David likes different approaches. Much of his work has been in the field: he has worked in 11 countries on five continents and his lab currently works in North America, South America, Australia, and SE Asia. His lab integrates field-based natural history with lab experiments to explore the proximate and ultimate causes of behavioral manipulation. David is also interested in the applied aspects of his work- including both global food security (PlantVillage) and engaging the public through science outreach (Epidemics online course).
Professor of Entomology and Biology