Evan Eskew

Assistant Professor of Biology

Evan Eskew, faculty

Office Location:Rieke Science Center - Room 146

Office Hours: (On Campus) Tue: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (On Campus) Wed: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Curriculum Vitae: View my CV

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of California, Davis, 2016
  • B.S., Biology, Davidson College, 2011

Selected Presentations

  • Student Conference on Conservation Science, Gene expression differs in susceptible and resistant frogs exposed to the pathogen Bd., New York, NY (October 2018)
  • Integrative Conservation Conference, “We are in between stories”: teaching conservation within its deep cultural contexts, Athens, GA (September 2018)

Selected Articles

  • Eskew, EA, and CJ Carlson. "Overselling wildlife trade bans will not bolster conservation or pandemic preparedness." The Lancet Planetary Health 2020: e215-2e16.
  • Albery, GF, EA Eskew, N Ross, and KJ Olival. "Predicting the global mammalian viral sharing network using phylogeography." Nature Communications Vol. 11, 2020: 2260.
  • Di Marco, M, M Baker, P Daszak, P De Barro, EA Eskew, C Godde, T Harwood, M Herrero, A Hoskins, E Johnson, WB Karesh, C Machalaba, J Navarro Garcia, D Paini, R Pirzl, MS Smith, C Zambrana-Torrelio, and S Ferrier. "Opinion: Sustainable development must account for pandemic risk.." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 117, 2020: 3888-3892.
  • Eskew, EA, AM White, N Ross, KM Smith, KF Smith, JP Rodríguez, C Zambrana-Torrelio, WB Karesh, and P Daszak. "United States wildlife and wildlife product imports from 2000- 2014." Scientific Data Vol. 7, 2020: 22.
  • Eskew, EA, BC Shock, EEB LaDouceur, K Keel, MR Miller, JE Foley, and BD Todd. "Gene expression differs in susceptible and resistant amphibians exposed to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis." Royal Society Open Science Vol. 5, 2018: 170910.


My research focuses on the conservation and disease ecology of wildlife. I aim to produce information that can guide applied conservation efforts and improves our understanding of infectious diseases in both wildlife and humans. Recently, I’ve also become interested in the impacts of the global wildlife trade. I pursue these research topics using a variety of approaches, including field studies, laboratory-based experiments, and statistical modeling. More concretely, some of my past projects have involved: 1) field sampling of reptiles and amphibians to establish occupancy and abundance patterns that may be influenced by anthropogenic habitat change, 2) experimental exposure studies to help tease apart the mechanisms underlying host susceptibility to an amphibian disease, and 3) curation and release of wildlife trade data, including scientific software to support data access and analysis.