Dr. Dana Hawley

Biological Sciences

Dr. Hawley’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on wildlife disease ecology and evolution. In relation to global change, Dr. Hawley studies how anthropogenic and ecological factors influence disease severity and pathogen evolution. She is particularly interested in how global changes may alter both organismal susceptibility and exposure to pathogens, and how these changes may scale up to influence population-level disease dynamics.  She is also studying how global changes such as the supplemental feeding of wildlife may alter pathogen evolutionary trade-offs, potentially resulting in the evolution of more harmful diseases.

Dr. Hawley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Hawley currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Functional Ecology.  At Virginia Tech, Dr. Hawley has taught undergraduate courses in Wildlife Disease Ecology and Ornithology. At the Graduate level, she has taught courses in Scientific Outreach and Advanced Wildlife Disease Ecology.

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Recent Relevant Publications

Hawley D.M., Osnas, E.E., Dobson, A.P., Hochachka, W.M., Ley, D.H., Dhondt, A.A.  2013. Parallel Patterns of Increased Virulence in a Recently Emerged Wildlife Pathogen. PLoS Biology 11(5): e1001570.

Hawley, D.M., DuRant, S.E., Wilson, A.F., Adelman, J.S., and Hopkins, W.A. 2012. Additive metabolic costs of thermoregulation and pathogen infection. Functional Ecology 26: 701-710.

Hawley, D.M., Etienne, R.S., Ezenwa, V.O., and Jolles, A.E. 2011. Does animal behavior underlie covariation between hosts’ exposure to infectious agents and susceptibility to infection?  Implications for disease dynamics. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51: 528-539.

Durant, S.E., Hopkins, W.A. Hawley, D.M., and Hepp, G.R. 2011. Incubation temperature affects multiple measures of immunocompetence in young wood ducks (Aix sponsa). Biology Letters 8: 101-103.

Hawley, D.M. and Altizer, S.A. 2011. Disease ecology meets ecological immunology: Understanding the links between organismal immunity and infection dynamics in natural populations.  Functional Ecology 25: 48-60.

Hawley, D.M., Hallinger, K.A., and Cristol D.A. 2009. Compromised immunocompetence in free-living tree swallows exposed to mercury. Ecotoxicology 18: 499-503.