Sabrina McNew

Assistant Professor

Positions and Education: 

  • Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2023 - present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 2018 - 2022
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2018 - 2022
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Utah, 2018
  • B.A., Biology, Pomona College, 2009

Honors and Awards: 

  • Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • NSF GRFP, 2013-2017
  • Fulbright Fellow, Ecuador, 2009

Research Interests: 

The McNew Lab studies disease ecology of birds and their parasites and pathogens. Our work centers on themes including: 1) the behavioral ecology of host defense, 2) transcriptomic and epigenetic responses of birds to novel stressors, and 3) community ecology of hosts and parasites. Our methods include field experiments, comparative genomics, and creative analytical approaches. We like working in arid, island ecosystems, including the Galapagos Islands and the Sky Islands of the Southwest. The goal of our research is to understand how host-parasite interactions affect species' ecology and evolution in a changing world.