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Ania Majewska

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My research interests lie in how human activities influence wildlife disease dynamics. During my PhD studies with Dr. Sonia Altizer at UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, I examined how gardens and the presence of exotic plants affect insect pollinators and their interactions with pathogens. A large component of my work focused on understanding why one species of butterfly, the monarch, experiences high infection rates in gardens in the southeastern US where exotic tropical milkweed is planted (Asclepias curassavica). My PhD research integrated field studies at the CREW experimental gardens with a modeling approach to investigate underlying causes of high infection rates (nearly 100%) with a protozoan Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) that breed on tropical milkweed in the southeastern U.S. For my post doctoral work, I am working with Dr. Jaap de Roode exploring questions in evolution of virulence using the monarch butterfly-protozoan as a model system. In particular, I am interested in whether more virulent parasite strains can evolve in response to imperfect vaccination, in which hosts gain only partial protection from infection in response to immunization or treatment. This outcome has been observed in poultry infected with Marek’s disease virus, and is relevant to other systems, including equine and human influenza, for which vaccination is imperfect. The results of the work inform the mechanisms underlying increase in virulence with widespread vaccination.

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Cleveland CA, Garrett KB, Box EK, Thompson AT, Haynes EK, Elder DL, Richards RL, Majewska AA, Guagliardo SAJ, Wiegand RE, Bryan Ii JA, Torres-Velez F, Unterwegner K, Romero M, Zirimwabagabo H, Sidouin M, Oaukou PT, Ada MM, Ngandolo BNR, Mackenzie CD, Geary TG, Weiss AJ, Yabsley MJ. (2022). Investigating Flubendazole as an Anthelmintic Treatment for Guinea Worm (Dracunculus medinensis): Clinical Trials in Laboratory-Reared Ferrets and Domestic Dogs in Chad. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene

Majewska AA, Davis AK, Altizer S, de Roode JC. (2022). Parasite dynamics in North American monarchs predicted by host density and seasonal migratory culling. The Journal of animal ecology

Pocius VM, Majewska AA, Freedman MG. (2022). The Role of Experiments in Monarch Butterfly Conservation: A Review of Recent Studies and Approaches. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 115(1)

Alaidrous W, Villa SM, de Roode JC, Majewska AA. (2022). Crowding does not affect monarch butterflies' resistance to a protozoan parasite. Ecology and evolution, 12(4)

Majewska AA, Vereen E. (2021). Fostering Student-Student Interactions in a First-Year Experience Course Taught Online during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of microbiology & biology education, 22(1)

Majewska AA, Huang T, Han B, Drake JM. (2021). Predictors of zoonotic potential in helminths. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 376(1837)

Miller-Kleinhenz JM, Kuzmishin Nagy AB, Majewska AA, Adebayo Michael AO, Najmi SM, Nguyen KH, Van Sciver RE, Fonkoue IT. (2021). Let's talk about race: changing the conversations around race in academia. Communications biology, 4(1)

Box EK, Cleveland CA, Garrett KB, Grunert RK, Hutchins K, Majewska AA, Thompson AT, Wyckoff ST, Ehlers C, Yabsley MJ. (2021). species. International journal for parasitology. Parasites and wildlife, (15)

Garrett KB, Box EK, Cleveland CA, Majewska AA, Yabsley MJ. (2020). Dogs and the classic route of Guinea Worm transmission: an evaluation of copepod ingestion. Scientific reports, 10(1)

Cleveland CA, Garrett KB, Box EK, Eure Z, Majewska AA, Wilson JA, Yabsley MJ. (2020). Cooking copepods: the survival of cyclopoid copepods (Crustacea: Copepoda) in simulated provisioned water containers and implications for the guinea worm eradication program in chad, Africa. International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases

Majewska AA, Altizer S. (2019). Exposure to Non-Native Tropical Milkweed Promotes Reproductive Development in Migratory Monarch Butterflies. Insects, 10(8)

Majewska AA, Sims S, Schneider A, Altizer S, Hall RJ. (2019). Multiple transmission routes sustain high prevalence of a virulent parasite in a butterfly host. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 286(1910)

Sánchez CA, Becker DJ, Teitelbaum CS, Barriga P, Brown LM, Majewska AA, Hall RJ, Altizer S. (2018). On the relationship between body condition and parasite infection in wildlife: a review and meta-analysis. Ecology letters, 21(12)

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