Vanessa O. Ezenwa is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She received her BA in Biology from Rice University and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She was a National Research Council Fellow at the USGS before joining the faculty at the University of Montana in 2005. From 2010 to 2021, she held joint appointments in Odum School of Ecology and Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia, where she was appointed a Georgia Athletic Association Professorship. Her research centers on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in wild animal populations. She has a long-standing interest in understanding how within-organism interactions between hosts and pathogens influence the consequences of disease at higher scales of biological organization.