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Mercedes Pascual

Mercedes Pascual

Pascual Lab website
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • Rosemary Grant Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Contact information

  • University of Michigan
    2039/2041 Kraus Natural Science Building
    830 North University
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
  • Phone: (734) 615-9808
  • Lab: (734) 615-9805
  • Fax: (734) 763-0544
  • Email:

Fields of study

Theoretical ecology and disease ecology

Academic background

I received my Ph.D degree in 1995 from the Joint Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at Princeton, and more recently, a Centennial Fellowship in Global and Complex Systems from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. I am currently affiliated with the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at U-M and with the Santa Fe Institute as an external faculty.

Graduate students

Andres Baeza, Edward Baskerville, Pamela Martinez Vargas, Andrew Strayer

Postdoctoral fellows

Yael Artzy-Randrup, Mary ‘Molly’ Rorick

Mercedes Pascual's HHMI webpage

UM affiliation

  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Center for the Study of Complex Systems

Research feature

Modeling of parasite diversity could help eliminate malaria

Related news

On the U-M Gateway: irrigation in arid regions can increase malaria risk for a decade

New irrigation systems in arid regions benefit farmers but can increase the local malaria risk for more than a decade, a new study in northwest India led by EEB graduate student Andres Baeza, concludes.

Early warning system of malaria epidemics in northwest India developed

Sea surface temperatures in the tropical South Atlantic Ocean can be used to accurately forecast malaria epidemics thousands of miles away in northwestern India, a U-M theoretical ecologist has found.

International Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Conference hosted at U-M