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David Civitello





Contact Information

Office: SCA 322
Phone: 813/974-4694
Email: civitello@usf.edu


PhD.. Biology, Indiana University,, 2013
B.A. Biology, Colby College University of Pittsburgh, 2002


My research focuses on ecology, epidemiology, and physiology. I am specifically interested in the connections among environmental conditions, key traits of hosts and parasites, and disease dynamics in natural populations and communities. In particular, I am fascinated by factors that drive variation in parasite transmission and reproduction. My approach to science combines field surveys, experiments, and mathematical models. During my dissertation, I linked pollutants, nutrients, and host density to the magnitude and severity of fungal outbreaks in populations of the planktonic grazer, Daphnia dentifera. I am now shifting my focus to the human zoonotic parasites, Schistosoma spp., and their intermediate snail hosts. I am interested in building and testing body size- and resource- explicit models for Schistosoma epidemiology.


Civitello D.J., J.L. Hite, and S.R. Hall. Potassium enrichment stimulates the growth and reproduction of Daphnia. In review.

Penczykowski, R.M., S.R. Hall, D.J. Civitello, and M.A. Duffy. Habitat structure and ecological drivers of disease. In revison. Limnology and Oceanography

Hall, S.R., A.N. Smith, R.M. Penczykowski, M.S. Shocket, D.J. Civitello, and M.A. Duffy. Predators can fuel epidemics through trophic cascades. In revision. Ecology

Civitello, D.J., S. Pearsall*, M.A. Duffy, and S.R. Hall. 2013.Parasite consumption and host interference can inhibit disease spread in dense populations. Ecology Letters. 16:626-634.

Civitello, D.J., R.M. Penczykowski, J.L. Hite, M.A. Duffy, and S.R. Hall. 2013.Potassium stimulates fungal epidemics in Daphnia by increasing host and parasite reproduction. Ecology. 94:380-388.

Civitello, D.J., P. Forys*, A.P., Johnson, and S.R. Hall. 2012. Chronic contamination decreases disease spread: a Daphnia-fungus-copper case study. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 279:3146-3153.

Duffy, M.A., J. Housley Ochs, R.M. Penczykowski, D.J. Civitello, C.A. Klausmeier, and S.R. Hall. 2012. Ecological context influences epidemic size and parasite-driven evolution. Science (Cover Article). 30:1636-1638.

Bozarth, C.A., S.L. Lance, D.J. Civitello, J.L. Glenn, and J.E. Maldonado. 2011. Phylogeography of the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) in the Eastern United States. Journal of Mammalogy (Cover Article). 92:283-294.

Civitello, D.J., E. Rynkiewicz, and K. Clay. 2010. Meta-analysis of co-infections within ticks.  Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution (Invited for Special Feature). 56:417-431.

Weston-Glenn, J, D.J. Civitello, and S.L. Lance. 2009. Multiple paternity and kinship in the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). Mammalian Biology. 74:394-402

Civitello, D.J., S.L. Flory, and K. Clay. 2008. Exotic grass invasion reduces survival of Amblyomma americanum and Dermacentor variabilis ticks (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology.  6:867-872. 

Clay, K., O. Klyachko, N. Grindle, D. Civitello, D. Oleske, C. Fuqua. 2008. Microbial communities and interactions in the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. Molecular Ecology.  17:4371-4381.

Steiner, F.E., R.R. Pinger, S.N. Vann, N. Grindle, D. Civitello, K. Clay, C. Fuqua. 2008. Infection and Co-infection Rates of Anaplasma phagocytophilum Variants, Babesia spp, Borrelia burgdorferi and the Rickettsial Endosymbiont in Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) from Sites in Indiana, Maine, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Journal of Medical Entomology. 45: 289-297.