John Vinson

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Dissertation: Vector-borne parasite transmission potential in ecological communities


Best Student Paper Award: Basic/Theoretical – Odum School of Ecology, UGA – 2017

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - Office of Instruction, UGA – 2017

Excellence in Outreach Award - Odum School of Ecology, UGA – 2015

What has become your favorite quote?

Know what you’re worth and demand three times that.

– Trixie Mattel

What was your greatest epiphany in the last two years related to pursuing your degree?

That I know more than I think I do.

What would be your ideal job in life?


Share advice you would give somebody entering graduate school:

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help.

What are your immediate next steps (within the next few months)?

Post-doc with Drs. Drake, Gottdenker, and Hall developing mathematical models that capture feedbacks between land-use change and infectious disease risk and applying these to Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis transmission in rural Panama.

Congratulations John!

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From all of the lab and friends of the lab: “Congratulations John! We wish you continued success in the next part of your journey!”

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Congratulations John for finishing your PhD. "You have come so far and I am so proud of you. You are selfless when your friends need your help and I can’t imagine someone more deserving of a bright future than you. Thank you for all your support and friendship over the years. I couldn’t imagine grad school without you."

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“John, I remember your excitement at your interview when you grabbed the white board pen from me as we discussed parasite transmission. It’s been wonderful to work with you on so many fun science projects over the years. You’ve been a valued member of our lab and I’m excited stay in touch with you and to hear about your new work. Hearty congratulations on your successes in graduate school” – Andrew Park

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“Get off my beach” – Cher (on way to EEID 2015, Santa Barbara – via Cher’s house, of course)

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