I am a PhD student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis. My awesome advisor is Dr. Andrew Sih, and we study how parasites modify the personality of their hosts. In a nutshell, I infect fish’s brains with parasites and then measure how that changes their behavior. I’m currently focusing on how steroid hormones (like testosterone and cortisol) change in concentration in response to infection.
When I’m not elbow deep in fish guts I wage a crusade to educate the world about the awesomeness of parasites. You can find cool parasitology updates, and my thoughts on interesting scientific papers at my blog, Weinersmith. When I’m not doing science (sciencing) or thinking about science (scientating) I’m… well… probably sad and wishing I was sciencing.
What is a Zach Weinersmith?
In his spare time, OH GOD I NEED SOME SPARE TIME.
The Weinersmith Theme was lovingly crafted by the awesome Dr. Paul Smaldino, who like Buckaroo Banzai is both a rock star and a scientist.