Mary Garvin
Department of Biology
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH 44074
phone: (440) 775-6402, cell: (440) 655-5611

Mary Garvin is Professor of Biology at Oberlin College where she studies the ecology of avian parasites and disease. Her current focus is the role of volatile and semi-volatile preen gland secretions in interactions between birds and arthropod vectors of disease. She is specifically interested in understanding the influence of these chemical cues on the feeding preferences of mosquito vectors of West Nile virus, for which birds serve as reservoir hosts. She conducts field studies to describe intra-and interspecific variation in the components of the secretions and laboratory bioassays to test for their effects on mosquito choice. Related past work includes the ecology of arboviral infections in the Florida Scrub-Jay and Blue Jay and the involvement of the Gray Catbird in West Nile virus overwintering. She also has worked on protozoan blood parasite transmission dynamics, physiological cost, and demographic effects in both migratory and resident passerines.

At Oberlin she teaches courses in Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology; Disease Ecology; Invertebrate Biology; and the Natural History of the Vermilion River Watershed. She also mentors undergraduate research students and is especially interested in mentoring students from underserved and disadvantaged populations.

B.A. Biology and Education, Hiram College
M.S. Zoology, Louisiana State University
Ph.D. Infectious Disease, University of Florida