Chelsea Wood, an assistant professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, has been named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). The ESA chooses members for this distinction who have made or show potential to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the society. Such contributions can include those who advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector through outstanding contributions to research, education and/or outreach. Early Career Fellows must be within eight years of completing their doctoral training or other terminal degree and are elected for five years.
At her lab, Wood and team look at the ecology of parasites in marine and freshwater ecosystems. She is interested in the ecological drivers of parasite transmission, in the determinants of parasite diversity and abundance and in how human impacts on the environment change parasites assemblages. Her team applies parasite ecology to real-world human disease problems. One of UW Environment’s newest faculty members, Wood came to the University of Washington in 2016 and teaches FISH 310: Biology of Shellfishes.
This year’s honorees will be recognized at the ESA annual meeting in August 2017. Congratulations, Chelsea!