Amy Sweeny

Amy is a queer disease ecologist, interested broadly in how variable environments shape infectious disease processes in the wild. She did her undergraduate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health working on the landscape of marine mammal parasites in a changing climate.

Currently she is finishing her PhD at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of the University of Edinburgh. Her current research investigates the relationship between nutrition quality and infectious disease patterns in wild populations. Soon she’ll be starting a post-doc investigating community dynamics between microorganisms within the gut and what this means for host fitness in a wild Soay Sheep population. Outside of her research, Amy is also involved in mentoring for LGBTQ+ students considering careers in disease ecology.