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Marielle Postava-Davignon, PhD

Assistant Professor, The John Merck Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


  • PhD, Biology, Northeastern University, 2010
  • BS, Biology, SUNY Fredonia, 2002

Courses Taught

  • General Biology 1 & 2
  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Issues
  • Sociobiology

Academic Research/Interests

My broad research interests are invertebrate ecology, social immunity, and insect-microbe interactions. I have primarily worked with termites as my research model, but I am open to other invertebrate study subjects. I have conducted lab and field research that explores how nest architecture influences disease susceptibility in termites with different nesting strategies, and the microbial communities naturally associated with termites. Most recently I have started working with undergraduates to develop techniques to survey termite and other insect populations, and keep track of their potential range expansion with changing global temperatures.

Areas of Expertise

Invertebrate ecology, social immunity and behavior

On Being at SVC

I felt at home at SVC the first moment I set foot on campus. I am thrilled to be working with such a supportive, tight-knit community, and eager to share my love of science and the outdoors with everyone.


  • March 2018 - Dr. Postava-Davignon received the Vernier Software and Technology Award from National Science Teachers Association at the National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, Georgia.
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