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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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  • May 2015 The Nature Conservancy featured some of our migratory bird and tick research in their Cool Green Science Blog: http://blog.nature.org/science/2015/05/13/blood-birds-ticks-migration-texas-birding-ba...
  • May 2015 Congrats Miranda on being one of 5 students (of 41 applicants) chosen to receive a 2015 Mewaldt-King Student Research Award fro the Cooper Ornithological Society.  This award is in support of efforts to characterize the hemoparasite populations in sandhill and whooping cranes.
  • May 2015 We seek a postdoc to join our team to lead some Chagas disease ecology work.  Please see the job announcement in the 'Opportunities' tab and share with qualified individuals.  Thanks!
  • April 2015 Congrats Miranda on the acceptance of your first paper in PLoS ONE: Coccidian parasites and conservation implications for the endangered whooping crane (Grus americana)!
  • 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.

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