I am a James S. McDonnell Foundation postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Mercedes Pascual, in the University of Chicago. My research interests involve the application of network theory to ecological systems, specifically in the field of disease ecology. In my early career, I was an avid field ecologist and worked in a variety of ecosystems, including seasonal winter pools, tropical forests and desert habitats. Observing the ubiquity of parasites in all studied species regardless of the habitat, I was motivated to dedicate my PhD to explore host-parasite interactions. Because host-parasite systems in nature invariably involve multiple species and are dynamic in space and time, I am interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying the complexity of host-parasite networks. I strongly believe that the most interesting science is collaborative and interdisciplinary, and have established multiple collaborations. I really enjoy working with, and learning from, other scientists. In my PhD I have worked with networks which involve multiple dimensions (for example, networks that evolve in time, or encompass multiple types of ecological interactions). This made me realize that the current formulation of ecological networks does not typically account for the multidimensionality of ecological systems. Hence, as a first step during my postdoctoral research I have developed a framework for the study of ecological multilayer networks. This framework allows one to study ecological systems with multiple facets of complexity, such as interactions that vary in space and time, or systems which interconnect such as networks of species interaction networks. My current work involves applying this framework to study the temporal dynamics of the genetic strain structure of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.