Uniformity is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.
- Vandana Shiva
Melissa Ingala, Ph.D.
Richard Gilder Graduate School
The American Museum of Natural History
I am a biologist and Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. My research focuses on understanding the dynamic relationships among bats and their symbiotic microbes and endoparasites. I also try to understand how these relationships are shaped by evolutionary history, host ecology, and the broader environment. My work is primarily museum collections based, and seeks to both reinvent and expand collections to capture host-associated microbes within the pantheon of biodiversity.