I am interested in the mechanisms driving host-parasite interactions and evolution, especially in the contexts of global climate change and co-infecting parasites.
Will I., Attardo G.M., & de Bekker C. 2023. Metabolomic characterization of behaviorally manipulated ants with multiomic data integration. Scientific Reports, in press.
Will I., Beckerson W.C., & de Bekker C. 2023. Using machine learning to predict protein-protein interactions between a zombie ant fungus and its carpenter ant host. Scientific Reports 13(13821).
Will I.*, Linehan S.*, Jenkins D. G., & de Bekker C. 2022. Natural history trends and environmental effects on the fate of Florida carpenter ant cadavers manipulated by the parasitic manipulator Ophiocordyceps camponoti-floridani. Functional Ecology 37, 886-899.
Will I., Das B., Trinh T., Brachmann A., Ohm R. A., & de Bekker C. 2020. Genetic underpinnings of host manipulation by Ophiocordyceps as revealed by comparative transcriptomics. G3 10(7), 2275-2296.
de Bekker C., Will I., Das B., & Adams R.M.M. The Formicidae and their parasites: effects of parasitic manipulations and host responses on ant behavioral ecology. Myrmecological News 28, 1-24.
de Bekker C., Will I., Hughes D., Brachmann A., & Merrow M. 2017. Daily rhythm and enrichment patterns in the transcriptome of the behavior manipulating parasite Ophiocordyceps kimflemingiae. PLOS One 12(11).
2022 PhD University of Central Florida
2015 MSc Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
2009 BA University of California – Berkeley
2023 Poster Award, European Conference on Fungal Genetics
2019 Byrd-Dunn Research Award, SE Society of Parasitologists
2019 Robert Lichtwardt Award, Mycological Society of America
2019 Poster Award, Genetics Society of America
2017 ORC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Central Florida