Vincenzo Ellis

Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

Vincenzo Ellis

Assistant Professor

Office location:

531 S. College Avenue
247 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716


  • Postdoctoral Associate, Biology, Lund University, 2017 – 2019
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Biology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2015 – 2017
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2015
  • B.A., Biology, University of California – Santa Barbara, 2010

Course taught

  • ENWC 417/617 - Quantitative Ecology
  • ENWC 428/628 - Disease Ecology
  • ENWC456/656 – Conservation Biology

Research activities

  • Disease ecology
  • Molecular ecology
  • Evolution
  • Macroecology

Scarlet Shifflett. In Progress. MS in Wildlife Ecology.

Wiedmeyer, Tyler. In Progress. M.S. in Entomology.

A full list can be found on Google Scholar

Ellis VA, Kalbskopf V, Ciloglu A, Duc M, Huang X, Inci A, Bensch S, Hellgren O, and V Palinauskas. 2022. Genomic sequence capture of Plasmodium relictum in experimentally infected birds. Parasites & Vectors 15, article number: 267.

Ellis VA, Fecchio A, and RE Ricklefs. 2020. Haemosporidian parasites of Neotropical birds: causes and consequences of infection. Auk 137: ukaa055.

Ellis VA and MD Collins. 2019. Temporal changes in abundance exhibit less spatial structure than abundance itself in North American birds. Journal of Ornithology 160: 37-47.

Ellis VA, Sari EHR, Rubenstein DR, Dickerson RC, Bensch S, and RE Ricklefs. 2019. The global biogeography of avian haemosporidian parasites is characterized by local diversification and intercontinental dispersal. Parasitology 146: 213-219.

Ellis VA, Collins MD, Medeiros MCI, Sari EHR, Coffey ED, Dickerson RC, Lugarini C, Stratford JA, Henry DR, Merrill L, Matthews AE, Hanson AA, Roberts JR, Joyce M, Kunkel MR, and RE Ricklefs. 2015. Local host specialization, host-switching, and dispersal shape the regional distributions of avian haemosporidian parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112: 11294-11299.

Ellis VA, Cornet S, Merrill L, Kunkel MR, Tsunekage T, and RE Ricklefs. 2015. Host immune responses to experimental infection of Plasmodium relictum (lineage SGS1) in domestic canaries (Serinus canaria). Parasitology Research 114: 3627-3636.

Ellis Lab - Disease ecology and evolution at the University of Delaware