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RACDA Scholar: Javier Monzón, Ph.D.

Javier Monzón Javier Monzon

Education:   PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University
Current/NY-CAPS Placement:  Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Center for Infectious Diseases
NY-CAPS Research Mentor: Dr. Jorge Benach


Javier Monzón is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with a broad range of research interests.  He has worked on the molecular ecology of coyotes and wolves, the behavioral ecology of capuchin monkeys and hawk eagles, the population ecology of golden eagles, and the genetic mechanisms underlying singing in canaries.  As an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow, Javier currently studies the evolutionary genetics of the lone star tick, one of the most aggressive and locally abundant ticks that parasitize humans and domestic and wild animals in the United States.  Historically a southern pest, the lone star tick has recently experienced a remarkably rapid expansion in geographic distribution and population densities in the Midwest and Northeast.  He is using next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to identify its population structure and adaptive potential for continued geographic expansion.


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