Chauncy received his B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 2016. As an undergrad, he worked on increasing the transformation efficiency of Sorghum bicolor (Broom-corn) using molecular biology. In 2017, Chauncy joined the graduate program in Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) at Penn State to work with Drs. Cristina Rosa and Margarita López-Uribe. Chauncy’s dissertation research focuses on how organisms respond to virus infections and how virus-host interactions are impacted by human management (e.g. domestication and/or breeding). Specifically, he is investigating traits linked to virus tolerance in pollinators (honey bees, Apis mellifera) and crops (squash, Cucurbita spp.) that are prone to devastation by virus infections. Chauncy is also investigating how virus infection in crop plants may alter the attractiveness or nutritional quality of floral resources to pollinators. Chauncy is an Integrated Pollinator Ecology (IPE) Fellow at Penn State and received a USDA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in 2020 that is supporting his research on virus-host tolerance.
Hinshaw C, Evans KC, Rosa C, López-Uribe MM. (2021) The role of pathogen dynamics and immune gene expression in the survival of feral honey bees. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8: 505 [link] [blog post]