As an evolutionary biologist, my research passions gravitate around ornithology, parasitology, and disease ecology. I’m interested in understanding host-parasite interactions over time and across space, and how parasitic infections affect the life-history components of their hosts. My research combines two groups of organisms with magnificent life-history strategies: birds and their haemosporidian parasites – a group of protozoans that includes the infamous pathogens that cause malaria (Plasmodium sp.) in several vertebrate species . Avian haemosporidian parasites are ubiquitous in nature, making this a suitable study-system to ask questions related to host-pathogen ecology and evolution. Currently, most questions I ask relate to determining how individual birds cope with infections and demanding life-cycle stages (e.g. reproduction and migration), as well as to estimating the effects of these pathogens in bird populations. I’m an assistant professor at the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University and research associate at the National Aviary.
leticiassoares[at]gmail.com or soaresl[at]slu.edu
Department of Biology, Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO – 63103
PhD in Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, University of Missouri St Louis USA
MSc in Ecology, National Institute for Amazonian Research, Brazil
BSc in Biology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil