Department of Ecology and Evolution and the College
Mercedes Pascual is a theoretical ecologist who is interested in the population dynamics of infectious diseases and their response to environmental change, especially in climate. She also studies questions on pathogen diversity at the intersection of ecology and evolution, concerning strain variation and how this variation influences intervention efforts. She is further interested in the structure and dynamics of the large networks of species interactions in ecosystems known as food webs.
She is the co-author of nearly 100 research articles and has been honored with the Robert H. MacArthur Award, given by the Ecological Society of America.
Pascual received her PhD from the joint program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded a US Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at Princeton University. More recently, she held a Centennial Fellowship in the area of global and complex systems, which was awarded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, for research undertaken at the University of Michigan. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute.