B.S. (Honors) Zoology: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1998
D.V.M.: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2005
I study the ecological immunology of infectious diseases in wildlife to understand seasonal changes in host susceptibility, the immunological effects of co-infections, and immunological trade-offs. For my dissertation work, I have been examining the ecological immunology of plains zebra, springbok, African elephants, and black-backed jackals in relation to timing of anthrax outbreaks in a natural system (Etosha National Park, Namibia) and trade-offs with gastrointestinal helminth and coccidian parasite co-infections.
Cizauskas CA, Bellan S, Turner W, Vance, RE, Getz, WM. In prep. The ecological immunology of anthrax in an endemic system: Do wild herbivores experience sublethal anthrax infection?
Bellan SE, CA Cizauskas, J Miyen, K Ebersohn, M Kusters, KC Prager, M van Vuuren, C Sabeta, and WM Getz. 2012. Black-backed jackal exposure to rabies virus, canine distemper virus, and Bacillus anthracis in Etosha National Park, Namibia. J. Wildlife Dis. 48(2):371-381.
Turner WC, CA Cizauskas, and WM Getz. 2010. Variation in fecal water content may confound estimates of gastro-intestinal parasite intensity in wild African herbivores. J Helminthology 84; 99-105.
Bob Lane Endowed Graduate Student Support Fund for Disease Ecology, 2010
Carolyn Meek Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Science, 2010
Rocca Scholarship in Advanced African Studies, 2008
NIH/NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Grant, 2008: Contributing Author
ES 196A: Senior Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences
IB 131L: Human Anatomy Laboratory
NSF GK-12 Program: Exploring California Biodiversity
IB 127L: Motor Control Laboratory
IB 133: Anatomy Enrichment
Guest Lecturer in MCB 50: The Immune System and Disease; ESPM 114: Wildlife Ecology; Stanford Anthropology 178A/278A: Past and Present Pestilence: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Impact of Zoonotic Diseases