We research the ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of
vector-borne, wildlife, and zoonotic diseases using field-based
studies and molecular tools. By understanding how pathogens
are maintained in nature, we aim to identify novel targets for
interventions to reduce disease risk to
humans, wildlife, and domestic animal populations.
- December 2016
Congrats to Alyssa Meyers for being selected for a $1000 CVM Grad
Student Assocaition travel award in support of her recent trip to
Atlanta for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
meeting. Alyssa presented her poster 'Prevalence and risk
factors of Trypanosoma cruzi infections in working dogs along the
- November 2016
Carolyn Hodo and Italo Zecca were awarded $500 One Health Travel
Awards! Italo used his award to attend the American Public
Health Association meeting in Denver, CO, where he presented his
poster on Chagas disease surveillance in communities along the
TX-Mexico border. Carolyn will use her award to attend the
AAVP meeting in New Orleans next month to give oral presentaiton on
Chagas pathology in coyotes and poster presentation on a novel
- November 2016
Justin Bejcek and Rachel Curtis-Robles were awarded $750 One Health
Travel Awards! Justin used his award to attend the
International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL, where he
presented his poster to help non-experts identify kissing bug
vectors from many common look-alike, non-vector species.
Rachel used her award to attend the American Society of Tropical
Medicine and Hygiene Conference in Atlanta, GA, where she
participated in the Young Investigator Competition with her work on
spatio-temporal patterns of triatomines in the southern US.
- September 2016
Publication Celebration/Lab Retreat on Friday! Gabe's team
vs. Sarah's team in the Escape Rooms- one hour to make our way out.
- August 2016
Recently accepted papers include Carolyn's work on bat trypanosomes (Acta Tropica) and Rattus rattus and Trypanosoma cruzi at a
nonhuman primate faciltiy (Journal of the Am. Association of Lab
Animal Science); our collaborative work with Dr. Light's lab to
study how invasive fire ants may alter tick-borne disease
risk (Biology Letters); quantitative synthesis of ticks on birds across
North America (Oecologia); and Lisa and Gabe's work on stable isotopes to track mosquitoes in
Tanzania (PLoS ONE).