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The Return of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

April 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Conservation, Evolution

The New York Times had a terrific story on Wednesday on the recovery of an endemic trout previously believed to be extinct since the 1940s in Pyramid Lake, Nevada. As I am currently teaching my class, Ecology, Evolution, and Human Health, with its emphasis on adaptation as local process and human-environment interaction, I was happy […]

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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease, 2013

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Climate Change, Conservation, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, science

I am recently back from the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Principal Investigators’ Meeting hosted by the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in lovely Athens. This is a remarable event, and a remarkable field, and I can’t remember ever being so energized after returning from a professional conference (which […]

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On The Dilution Effect

March 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease

A new paper written by Dan Salkeld (formerly of Stanford), Kerry Padgett (CA Department of Public Health), and myself just came out in the journal Ecology Letters this week. One of the most important ideas in disease ecology is a hypothesis known as the “dilution effect”. The basic idea behind the dilution effect hypothesis is […]

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Three Questions About Norms

March 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Anthropology, Conservation, Demography, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, Teaching

Well, it certainly has been a while since I’ve written anything here. Life has gotten busy with new projects, new responsibilities, etc. Yesterday, I participated in a workshop on campus sponsored by the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Young Environmental Scholars Conference. I was asked to stand-in for a faculty member who had to […]

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Dan Salkeld on the Radio!

August 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease

I was thrilled to hear Dan Salkeld‘s excellent (and long!) radio interview on Colorado Public Radio about our recent paper on understanding plague epizootics in prairie dogs.  There is a remarkable amount of information contained in this interview.  If you want to learn about plague ecology, then this is an excellent introduction.

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The Little Mouse on the Prairie

August 4th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease, Social Network Analysis

We have a new paper in the Early Edition of PNAS on the ecology of plague in prairie dogs. The Stanford News Service did a nice little write-up of the paper (and Mark Shwartz’s full version is available on the Woods Institute site) and it has now been picked up by a number of media […]

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Now It's Right Whales

June 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Infectious Disease

Related to my recent posts, it looks like the marine mammal die-offs in the Pacific continue.  A new story reports a die-off of right whales off Argentina. As with the sea lion die-off off Central California, a shortage of food (this time copepods) and possibly marine toxins are implicated.

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Follow-Up to the Sea Lion Die-Off

June 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease

Information sent today from Promed-Mail indicates that domoic acid is indeed implicated in the sea-lion die-off in California.  Domoic acid is a neurotoxin produced by certain algal blooms that can bioaccumulate as it moves up trophic chains. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a terrific resource page with extensive references on domoic acid. The report on […]

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Unexplained Sea Lion Die-Off

June 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease

I just read this story about the alarming number of dead sea lions showing up around Monterey Bay in Central California.  We were just down at Moss Landing State Beach and saw for ourselves evidence of this die-off.  The sea lion had a couple of bites taken out of it but its unclear whether they […]

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New Publication: Chimpanzee "AIDS"

July 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease, Primates

A long-anticipated paper (by me anyway!) has finally been published in this week’s issue of Nature.  In this paper, we show that wild chimpanzees living in the Gombe National Park in western Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika appear to die from AIDS-like illness when infected with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV).  Many African […]

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