Postdoctoral researcher (September 2012 - Present). The Pennsylvania State University.
Ph.D. in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (August 2012). Emory University. Supervisor: Dr. Jaap de Roode. Dissertation: "Local adaptation and ecological determinants of infection in a monarch butterfly-parasite interaction"
B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology (May 2005). University of California, Berkeley.
I'm an evolutionary ecologist by training, with a focus on host-parasite interactions. As a postdoc, I have moved towards more applied research questions aimed at disease control.
What bridges the two phases of my career is an interest in how environmental context shapes transmission. During my PhD, my focus was on how natural environmental variation affects parasite infections in monarch butterflies. Currently, my focus is on understanding how humans can modify their environment to better control mosquito populations and, ultimately, malaria.
Sternberg, E.D., Waite, J.L., Thomas, M.B. Evaluating the efficacy of biological and conventional insecticides with the new "MCD bottle" bioassay. Accepted, Malaria Journal.
Sternberg, E.D., De Roode J.C., Hunter M.D. Trans-generational parasite protection associated with paternal diet. Accepted, Journal of Animal Ecology.
Sternberg, E.D., Thomas, M.B. (2014). Local adaptation to temperature and the implications for vector-borne diseases. Trends in Parasitology 30 :115-122.
Sternberg, E.D., Li, H., Wang, R., Gowler, C., De Roode, J.C. (2013). Patterns of infection and lack of local adaptation in three populations of monarch butterflies and a naturally occurring protozoan parasite. The American Naturalist 182; E235-E248.
Sternberg, E.D., Lefèvre, T., Li, J., Lopez Fernandez de Castillejo, C., Li, H., Hunter, M.D., De Roode, J.C. (2012). Food plant-derived disease tolerance and resistance in a natural butterfly-plant-parasite interaction. Evolution 66:3367-3376.
Lyons, J.I., Pierce, A.A., Barribeau, S.M., Sternberg, E.D., Mongue, A.J., De Roode J.C. (2012). Extensive gene flow between monarch butterflies with divergent migration destinations. Molecular Ecology 21:3433-3444.
Sternberg, E.D., Lefèvre, T., Rawstern, A.H., De Roode, J.C. (2011). A virulent parasite can provide protection against a lethal parasitoid. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 11 :399-406.