Dr. Courtney Murdock

Position: Assistant Professor in the Odum School of Ecology and Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine

Email: cmurdock@uga.edu Phone: 706-542-2083

Education: Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Department of Entomology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University; Ph.D. in Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan; B.S. in Biology, Spanish Literature Minor, University of Michigan

About: Dr. Murdock’s research interests include disease transmission, infectious diseases, and the ecology of vector-borne diseases. One of the main drivers of vector-borne disease transmission is the ecology of the insect vector. Changes in climate and land use alter ecological relationships vectors have with their hosts, pathogens, and parasites, resulting in shifts in transmission. Her research applies ecological and evolutionary theory to better understand the host-vector-pathogen interaction, key environmental drivers of transmission, and how environmental change will affect vector-borne disease transmission.