Vanessa Ezenwa is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in wild animal populations. She has a long-standing interest in understanding how host social behavior and interactions between co-occurring pathogens influence the consequences of infectious diseases at multiple scales of biological organization. She received her BA in Biology from Rice University and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She was a National Research Council Fellow at the USGS before joining the faculty at the University of Montana in 2005. From 2010 to 2021, she held joint appointments in Odum School of Ecology and Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia, where she was appointed a Georgia Athletic Association Professorship. Vanessa currently serves as a senior editor at Ecology Letters and second president-elect of the Animal Behavior Society.