BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, summa cum laude
Research Interests / Specializations:
Conservation biology, evolutionary ecology
Climate change represents a serious challenge to biodiversity: species must move, adapt, or die. While species capable of shifting their distributional range are generally viewed as responding successfully to climate change, these range shifts may moderate the ability of species to adapt to concurrent pressures. I am exploring whether climate change can exacerbate emerging infectious disease pressures on wild populations by affecting spatial patterns of genetic diversity.
Steigerwald, E. C., J. M. Igual, A. Payo‐Payo, & G. Tavecchia (2015) Effects of decreased anthropogenic food availability on an opportunistic gull: evidence for a size‐mediated response in breeding females. Ibis, 157(3):439-448.
Sorokin A and Steigerwald E.C. (2018) Evidence for parental care in Feihyla kajau (Anura: Rhacophoridae). Phyllomedusa. 17(1):127-130.
Sorokin, A. and E. C. Steigerwald (2017) Interspecific combat between Nymphargus aff. grandisonae and Espadarana prosoblepon. Herpetology Notes 10:283-285.
Sorokin, A. and E. C. Steigerwald (2017) Ameerega trivittata (Three-striped Poison Frog) Ectoparisitism. Herpetological Review, 48(2):407-408.