Mandy Izzo is a Senior Science Writer for the Institute for Disease Modeling, where she develops scientific content for the global health community. She earned a BA in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in Biology from California State University, Northridge; and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. Her training was furthered during post-doctoral positions at the University of California, Davis, first in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, and then in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. She has over 11 years of field and lab experience in the biological sciences that include the design, oversight, execution, and analysis of projects.
Trained as an Evolutionary Ecologist with specialization in the Behavioral Ecology of insects, Mandy’s work on insects has spanned topics such as the evolution of cricket song in the presence of an acoustically-orienting parasitic fly; the evolution of signals mediating inter- and intra-sexual selection in paper wasps; how multi-modal signals interact to mediate social interactions among dominance hierarchies in social insects; and how social interactions maintain honesty in communication. In addition to her work on insects, she has forayed into other taxa as well, examining the functionality of zebra stripes and studying the social, hormonal, and genetic basis of aggressive behavior of female tree swallows.
Mandy is passionate about science communication, and aims to help make science more accessible between fields as well as to the general public. Her enjoyment of engaging others in science is manifest in her numerous publications and award-winning presentations. She holds a long-standing interest in public health and epidemiology, and is extremely excited for the opportunity to participate in the scientific process with a group that strives towards increasing transparency in science.