Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Northeastern University
B.S., State University of New York at Fredonia
Dr. Marielle Postava-Davignon is a behavioral and field ecologist at Virginia Wesleyan University, and an avid hiker and backpacker. She has been leading and educating students and outdoor enthusiasts in the field for over 20 years. She loves to share her enthusiasm and love for biology and the environment with others, and encourage conservation and leave-no-trace use of our natural spaces.
Dr. Postava-Davignon's research explores the interactions between termites and invasive ants, their relationships with environmental microbial communities, and how those relationships influence overall termite ecology and nesting behavior. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator for the Northeast Canada Jay Survey, which studies the bird's increasing interactions with humans and potential conservation issues that could arise as a result.