Elisa Visher


I am queer and I am an evolutionary biologist.//


I am a PhD candidate in infectious disease ecology and evolution. Broadly, I’m interested in the conditions that affect the (co)evolution of virulence, niche breadth, diversification, emergence, and adaptability in host-parasite systems. Currently, I mostly use experimental evolution methods in a moth and baculovirus model system to look at trade-offs to resistance and parasite evolution in heterogeneous host populations. I’m particurally interested in doing conceptually-driven research that brings differing scientific perspectives together into conversation. I’ve gained a lot of strength by bringing queer perspectives to my science, both in the ways that I engage with the structures of science and in the ways I think about my science itself.