Alexandra Campione

Mentor: Dr. Jason Blackburn
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I began looking for a research position sophomore year. I wanted to become more engaged in my education and further my skills. I finally found a project that sparked my interest and was truly a good fit for me."





Research Interests

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Wildlife
  • Geography

Academic Awards

  • President’s Honor Roll Spring 2015
  • Dean's List Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Kappa Delta Sorority
  • Packing Club
  • CRU at UF


  • American Medical Student Association
  • Shand's Hospital
  • Mission Work with Gypsy Children in Croatia

Hobbies and Interests

  • Running
  • Basketball
  • Fishing
  • Skiing

Research Description

Monitoring Cervid Behavior and Subsequent Contact with Culicoides: the risk of the EHD Blue Tongue Exposure among Cervid Populations
As part of this project, I will be conducting a small-scale study on several cervids in which I will monitor their behavior from motion-sensor cameras and GPS collars. I will estimate how often individual deer that can be identified visit protein feeders and the duration of visits. These visitation and duration of visit rates will be analyzed for the times of day and compared to insect catch rates to estimate the potential for EHDV transmission at the feeders.