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Christine P. Zolnik

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., M.S., University of Rhode IslandPh.D., Fordham University


Disease Ecology, Microbiome & Microbial Ecology, Vector-borne Diseases


Zolnik CP, Prill, RJ, Falco RC, Daniels TJ, Kolokotronis SO. 2016. Microbiome changes through ontogeny of a tick pathogen vector. Molecular Ecology 25:4963-4977. 

Reimers LL, Mehta SD, Massad LS, Burk RD, Xie X, Ravel J, Cohen MH, Palefsky JM, Weber KM, Xue X, Anastos K, Minkoff H, Atrio J, D’Souza G, Ye Q, Colie C, Zolnik CP, Spear GT, Strickler HD. 2016. The cervicovaginal microbiota and its associations with human papillomavirus (HPV) detection in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women.Journal of Infectious Diseases 214.9: 1361-1369. 

Smith BC, Zolnik CP, Chen Z, Kaiser K, Nucci-Sack A, Peake K, Diaz A, Viswanathan S, Strickler HD, Schlecht NF, Burk RB. 2016. Distinct ecological niche of anal, oral, and cervical mucosal microbiomes in adolescent women. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 89(3):277-284.

Munshi-South J, Zolnik CP, Harris, SE. 2016. Population genomics of the Anthropocene: urbanization is negatively associated with genome-wide variation in white-footed mouse populations. Evolutionary Applications 9:546-564. 

Zolnik CP, Falco RC, Kolokotronis SO, Daniels TJ. 2015. No observed effect of landscape fragmentation on pathogen infection prevalence in blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in the northeastern United States. PLoS ONE10(10):e0139473. 

Zolnik CP, Makkay AM, Falco RC, Daniels TJ. 2015. American black bears as hosts to blacklegged ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in the northeastern United States. Journal of Medical Entomology 52(5): 1103-1100. 

Ammazzalorso AD, Zolnik CP, Daniels TJ, Kolokotronis SO. 2015. To beat or not to beat a tick: comparison of DNA extraction methods for ticks (Ixodes scapularis). PeerJ. 3:e1147

Rodgers SE, Zolnik CP, Mather, TN. 2007. Duration of exposure to suboptimal atmospheric moisture affects nymphal blacklegged tick survival. Journal of Medical Entomology 44(2):372-375.

Rodgers SE, Zolnik CP, Brewer MJ, Mather TN. 2005. Applications of a climatic water budget to tick-borne disease research. Physical Geography 26(6):480-488.