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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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News Update

  • April 2015 The American Association of Zoo Vets has awarded our team a 2015 Wild Animal Health Fund grant to examine Chagas disease ecology at a central Texas zoological collection.
  • April 2015 The National Center for Veterinary Parasitology has awarded our team a small grant to pursue analyses of Trypanosoma cruzi strains in Texas.
  • April 2015 Congrats to Rachel Curtis-Robles for being named the 2015 CVM Outstanding PhD Student!
  • April 2015 New publications in Spring 2015 include Lisa's collaborative work on pathogens in lone star ticks (Journal of Clinical Microbiology), Jaime's ecological work on ticks and rodents (Southeastern Naturalist), and Sarah's collaborative work on a tick systems simulation model (Journal of Vector Ecology).
  • January 2015 Sarah and Gabe’s new class ‘Field and Lab Techniques in Vector-borne Disease Ecology’ is underway. The group of 15 graduate and undergraduate students has already trapped birds, mammals, and ticks in the field. The class is supported in part by funds from the Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence award.

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