• Wildlife disease in the intermountain west
Alternative paths to inferring contact

Alternative paths to inferring contact

We explore how to integrate home range sizes, patch occupancy patterns, and other ecological data into animal contact networks.

One Health publications track existing research silos

One Health publications track existing research silos

Despite on-going efforts for better cross-disciplinary integration, our research on publication patterns suggests that veterinary, ecological, and mathematical approaches to disease research remain segregated.

Networks and pathogen data reveal chronic transmitters

Networks and pathogen data reveal chronic transmitters

We used contact data, infection status, and measured disease outcomes to show that infected juveniles play a limited role in pathogen persistence in bighorn sheep.

I use quantitative and computational techniques to investigate the interplay between host behaviors and transfer of pathogens, information, and genes in wildlife systems. I am particularly interested in disease dynamics on spatial and social networks. My work mixes theoretical inquiry with empirical questions critical for management.

Many of my applied questions are motivated by the sheep-pneumonia system, stemming from observations of bighorn sheep and the emerging Mycoplasma that constrains their population growth. I also collaborate on projects studying other wildlife disease systems in the mountain west. I’m always excited to learn about new systems from people who know them best.

In my free time, you can find me running, hiking, skiing, riding (all in a futile effort to wear out my dog), or working on my garden.