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Disease Eco-Epidemiology

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.

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Recent News from the Lab:

  • August 2018 Carolyn and Sarah's new chapter on wildlife and Chagas disease is published in the new Fowler's Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine textbook (Volume 9), featuring Carolyn's original artwork and Gabe's insect photography!GetFileAttachment-1GetFileAttachment
  • August 2018 Congrats to Research Associate Lisa Auckland for being seleted for a 2018 CVM Staff Recognition Award!  Lisa received a nice plaque and a financial award too!  Our whole team is sure lucky to have Lisa here to run the lab! 42860142105_59a28b6238_o (1)
  • July 2018

    Congrats to Justin Bejcek, who earned his Master of Science in Veterinary Public Health-Epidemiology and wrote his thesis on kissing bugs. We wish Justin the best as he continues on his next steps toward medical school while finishing up his last publication. Celebratory Indian lunch!


  • July 2018

    Texas Master Naturalists- Brazos County Chapter- July meeting

    Speaker: Sarah A. Hamer – Director of Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Wildlife Biologist

    Title: Citizen science, kissing bugs, and Chagas disease at the human-wildlife-domestic animal interface in the Southern United States

    Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
    Location: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History (BVMNH) 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802
    Start Time: 6:30 pm; End Time: 7:30 pm

    FREE and open to the public, plenty of parking at the BVMNH.

  • July 2018 Austin is celebrating Grackle Week with a series of articles, podcasts, videos, interviews all about grackles.  Our team's grackle work was featured in the article called 'Can Grackles make you sick?  Find out what is lurking inside the birds'.  Given the high density of these invasive birds in the well-lit urban areas, our students investigated selected zoonotic pathogens (Salmonella, West NIle Virus, blood parasites, etc) that infect the birds and may also infect people.

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