Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2016
Sarah Budischak, a recent doctoral graduate in ecology, studies the disease transmission and health implications of parasitic infections. Her dissertation research on the consequences of coinfection—the simultaneous infection of a host by multiple pathogens—in wild African buffalo required extensive field research in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Budischak received National Science Foundation doctoral research and international travel grants, and she published her research in leading journals, including three dissertation chapters and two manuscripts from previous research. She is also recognized for her mentorship of numerous undergraduates, and for her service as president of Ecoreach, a graduate student-run program that helps coordinate ecological activities for K-12 students, which grew considerably under her leadership. Budischak is now a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University.