Current Lab Members

Biology Department, University of Virginia,

485 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400328
Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA


Janis Antonovics, PhD FRS

Research Professor e-mail:

Janis is now retired from teaching, but still active in research. For his Ph.D. thesis, he studied speciation in plants on metal contaminated soils in Wales under the supervision of Dr. Tony Bradshaw, and his first position was at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He moved to Duke University in 1970, and has been at the University of Virginia since 1998. He is pictured here recently visiting the area of Leadhills, in Scotland.    


Caroline Amoroso, PhD

Research Associate

Caroline started as a postdoc in January 2020 after completing her PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. Her dissertation research focused on ecological factors shaping waterhole selection in wild lemurs in Madagascar, including parasite risk as one of those factors. She is interested in the ecology and evolution of behavioral resistance to parasites, and is working on several projects related to the evolution of parasite transmission mode.


Leila Shepard

Undergraduate, Independent Study

Last semester Leila analyzed motion-triggered movies of animals at water-holes in Madagascar, and developed network models of their contacts in relation to potential transmission of different types of pathogens. She is in UVA's class of 2023, and her favorite biology topics include evolution, genetics, and disease. Her hobbies are playing violin, rock climbing, hiking, and having Lawn picnics. She summarizes her goals: "I would love to do research in biology as a career!"

Past Grad Students, Postdocs, Undergrads click here

Main research collaborations 

Dr. Doug Taylor, Biology Department, University of Virginia Link

Dr. Michael Hood, Biology Department, Amherst College, Massachusetts Link

Dr. Emme Bruns, Biology Department, University of Maryland Link

Dr. Mike Boots, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley Link

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig, Institute of Biology, Free University, Berlin, Germany Link

Dr. Valentina Carasso & Bruno Gallino, Aree protette delle Alpi Marittime, Italy Link

Dr. Georgy Levit, Biodidaktik, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany Link