Dara Satterfield is a James Smithson Fellow at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is working with Peter Marra and Scott Sillett to synthesize current understanding about the ecology of insect migration. Satterfield’s overarching mission is to use her research to inform conservation efforts for migratory species and to connect public audiences with butterflies and moths through citizen science. Specifically, her research (1) investigates how insect migration influences ecological processes, particularly infectious disease dynamics, and (2) explores how environmental changes affect animal movement and disease risk in wild populations. She uses a combination of field work, laboratory experiments, citizen science and mathematical modeling approaches to address these questions.
Satterfield's projects include:
- Synthesizing literature on the ecological significance of insect migration
- Investigating how migration influences infectious disease dynamics in monarch butterflies
- Examining changes in migratory behavior of wildlife across taxa
Satterfield, D.A., Maerz, J.C., & Altizer, S. Loss of migratory behaviour increases infection risk for a butterfly host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). 282 (1804).
Streicker, D.G., Winternitz, J., Satterfield, D.A., Condori-Condori, R.E., Broos, A., Tello, C., Recuenco, S., Velasco-Villa, A., Altizer, S., Valderrama, W. Host–pathogen evolutionary signatures reveal dynamics and future invasions of vampire bat rabies. PNAS (2016).
Satterfield, D.A., Villablanca, F.X., Maerz, J.C., & Altizer, S. Migratory monarchs wintering in California experience low infection risk compared to monarchs breeding year-round on non-native milkweed. Integrative and Comparative Biology (2016). 56(2):343-52.