About me

Thanks for visiting my website. I’m excited to announce that from June 2018 I’ll be an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh! I’ll be looking to recruit Ph.D. students, postdocs and technicians soon after I arrive, so if you’re interested please get in touch!

I am interested in the factors that influence infectious disease transmission in natural populations. For directly transmitted parasites, transmission between conspecific hosts is largely determined by host social behaviour. My research focusses on how biotic and abiotic conditions modify this social behaviour. I am using the guppy and its gyrodactylid parasites to investigate how changes in these ecological conditions, and hence transmission, may drive evolutionary change in both the host and parasite.

On my ‘Research’ pages, you’ll find symdescriptions of the work I’ve done and am planning, and how it all fits together. If you’re interested in working with me, or if you have any comments please contact me – I’m excited to hear what you think.

P1070189I am currently a post-doc research fellow at ETH Zürich and Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology). In case you want to know more… Here’s the group website. You can also find me on ResearchGate, Google Scholar and Twitter (@jessfstep). Download my CV– I last updated it in April 2017 – or contact me at jfrstephenson@gmail.com