Anthony Stobbe (Tony) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Roossinck Lab. He is currently working on the virus biodiversity and ecology of the Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica. The ACG is a biodiversity hotspot, which houses over 2% of the world’s biodiversity. Additionally, the ACG is made of many different ecosystems with different histories, such as reclaimed farmland, pristine old growth forests, and agriculture systems in current use. This diverse range of environments offers us a unique opportunity to look into not only how viruses are effecting the environment, but also how the environment is affecting the natural viruses of the area.
Tony received his BS in Health Science from the Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He then worked as a graduate student researcher with Dr. Ulrich Melcher at the Oklahoma State University, receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His graduate work included the deep evolutionary history of tobamoviruses, using next generation sequencing as a diagnostic tool and virus discovery.