Sarah Zohdy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Disease Ecology

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and
College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL


B.S., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2006
Ph.D., Physiology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 2012
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, 2012-2015

Research Statement

I am currently studying the ecology and epidemiology of diarrheal and vector-borne diseases in both humans and wildlife in and around Ranomafana National Park, in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, we combine research methodologies through a One Health approach to better understand how land-use changes affect the ecology and evolution of pathogens in this region. We are particularly interested in the potential zoonotic transmission routes between humans, livestock, endemic and invasive species in this biodiversity hotspot. Ultimate goals are to address the sources of infection rather than the symptoms, and in doing so, promote better health not only in the human communities but the ecological communities as well.

Research Featured on NPR: Madagascar's Bamboo Lemurs Fight For Survival


Zohdy, S., Derfus, K., Andrianjafy, M.T., Wright, P.C., Gillespie, T.R. (2015) Field evaluation of synthetic lure (3-methyl-1-butanol) when compared to non odor-baited control in capturing Anopheles mosquitoes in varying land-use sites in Madagascar. Parasites & Vectors, 8:145. PMCID: PMC4359513

Zohdy, S., Grossman, M., Fried, I.R., Wright, P.C., Gillespie, T.R. (2015) Diversity and Prevalence of Diarrhea-Associated Viruses in the Lemur Community and Associated Human Population of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology. 36:143-153. doi: 10.1007/s10764-015-9817-5​

Zohdy, S., Gerber, B., Tecot, S., Blanco, M.B., Wright, P.C., and Jernvall, J. (2014) Teeth, sex, and testosterone: Aging in the world’s smallest primate. PLOS ONE.9:e109528. PMCID: PMC4212904

Wright, P.C., Erhart, E.M., Tecot, S., Baden, A.L., Arrigo-Nelson, S.J., Herrera, J., Morelli, T.L., Blanco, M., Deppe, A., Atsalis, S., Johnson, S., Ratelolahy, F., Tan, C., and Zohdy, S. (2012) Long-Term Lemur Research at Centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In: Long-Term Field Studies of Primates, P.M. Kappeler and D.P. Watts (eds.), DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_4, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

King, S.J., Boyer, D.M., Tecot, S., Strait, S.G., Zohdy, S., Blanco, M.B., Wright, P.C., Jernvall, J. (2012)  Lemur habitat and dental senescence in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Am J Phys Anthropol. 148:228-37.

Zohdy, S., Kemp, A.D., Durden, L.A., Wright, P.C., Jernvall, J. (2012) Mapping the social network: tracking lice in a wild primate (Microcebus rufus) population to infer social contacts and vector potential. BMC Ecol. 12:4. PMCID: PMC3338373

Crowley, B.E., Thorén, S., Rasoazanabary, E., Barrett, M.A., Zohdy, S., Blanco, M.B., McGoogan, K.C., Arrigo-Nelson, S.J., Irwin, M.T., Vogel, E.R., Wright, P.C., Radespiel, U., Godfrey, L.R., Koch, P.L., and Dominy, N.J. (2011) Geographic isotopic variation among mouse lemur (Microcebus) populations. Journal of Biogeography. 38:2106-2121.

Zohdy, S., Durden, L.A., Laakkonen, J. (2010) Lice and ticks of the eastern rufous mouse lemur, Microcebus rufus, with descriptions of the male and third instar nymph of Lemurpediculus verruculosus (Phthiraptera: Anoplura). J Parasitol. 96:874-8.


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