In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dana Hawley of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University explains why diseases evolve more virulent strains that pose a greater threat to the host.
Dana Hawley is an associate professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that underlie pathogen susceptibility within and across ecological scales. Her current project seeks to link host ecology and behavior with changes in pathogen virulence. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University.