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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 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.
  • 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).

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