Travis Bautista joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in June 2015. Travis did his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL), where he assisted on projects in Dr. Lynn Martin’s ecoimmunology lab studying trade-offs associated with and ecologically-integrated components of the immune system.
Travis is most interested in understanding how organisms are adapted to cope with evolutionary-relevant stressors, namely climate change and disease. In studying these issues, he takes particular interest in how ecological factors inform and are influenced by various proximate mechanisms, such as physiology (immune system or stress hormone profiles) and behavior.
When not in the lab or field, Travis enjoys staying active (a good run or tennis match!), trying new foods, traveling, birding, and hiking.