Ecology & Wildland Resources Department
My lab uses quantitative and computational techniques to investigate the interplay between host behaviors and transfer of pathogens in wildlife systems. We are particularly interested in disease dynamics on spatial and social networks. Our work mixes theoretical inquiry with empirical questions critical for management.
Many of our applied questions are motivated by the sheep-pneumonia system, stemming from observations of bighorn sheep and the emerging Mycoplasma that constrains their population growth. We also collaborate on projects studying other wildlife disease systems throughout the mountain west.