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Group size and animal networks

Group size and animal networks

Our new method can integrate group size information 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.

My research applies quantitative and computational techniques to investigate the interplay between host behaviors and transfer of pathogens, information, and genes in wildlife systems, with a special emphasis on disease dynamics on spatial and social networks. I mix theoretical investigations with empirical questions motivated from observations of bighorn sheep and the emerging Mycoplasma that constrains their population growth through endemic pneumonia (under the supervision of Peter Hudson, and in close collaboration with Frances Cassirer, IDFG). I also collaborate on projects studying brucellosis in elk (with Paul Cross, USGS), and Hendra virus in Australian flying foxes (with Raina Plowright, Montana State). I’m always excited to learn about new systems from people who know them inside-out.

In my free time, you can find me running, riding, and skiing the Bozeman area trails, or working on my garden.