Jo Ohm

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PhD Biology (Entering 2013) - Pennsylvania State University

BS Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2009-2013) - Rice University


Undergraduate Honors Thesis - PI Tom E. X. Miller, Rice University (2012-2013). Titled - "Pollination costs of ant defense that plants can afford"

Rice-Baylor Health, Humanism, and Society Scholar - PI Amy McGuire, Baylor College of Medicine (2011). Titled- "Subject Perceptions of the Human Microbiome Project: How Participants and non-Participants Responded to their Experience in Terms of Legal, Ethical and Social Implications"

Research interests

Understanding how infection status, dietary preferences and life history interact with fitness of vectors that transmit malaria. More broadly, I am interested in trade-offs that arise between investment in reproduction and defense, particularly immunological defense mechanisms that have fitness consequences for hosts. I'm exploring these questions in a variety of systems, primarily focusing on mosquitoes which transmit human malaria parasites.


Ohm JR, Nelson WA, Teeple J, Thomas MB, Read AF, Cator LJ. 2016. Fitness consequences of altered feeding behavior in immune-challenged mosquitoes. Parasites & Vectors. 9:113. doi: 10.1186/s13071-016-1392-x

Downey M, Searle R, Bellor S, Geiger A, Maitner BS, Ohm JR, Tuda M, Miller TEX. 2015. A comparative approach to testing hypotheses for the evolution of sex-biased dispersal in bean beetles. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1753
Cator LJC, Pietri JE, Murdock CC, Ohm JR, Lewis EE, Read AF, Luckhart S, Thomas MB. 2015. Immune response and insulin signaling alter mosquito feeding behaviour to enhance malaria transmission potential. Nature Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep11947

Ohm JR and Miller TEX. 2014. Balancing anti-herbivore benefits and anti-pollinator costs of defensive mutualists. Ecology. 95:2924–2935.



What amuses me: long runs, yoga, slacklining (or the attempt), hiking, writing (all types) and dancing.