monkey's uncle

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EEID 2014 Wrap-Up

June 5th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve written in monkey’s uncle. Life has gotten pretty busy and my seeming inability to write brief entries has led me to neglect the blog this year. However, I am freshly back from the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado and feel compelled to […]

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Tags: Evolution · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · science

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease

May 25th, 2013 · No Comments

I am recently back from the 2013 Ecology and Evolution of Infections Disease Conference at Penn State University. This was quite possibly the best meeting I have ever attended, not even for the science (which was nonetheless impeccable), but for the culture. I place the blame for this awesome culture firmly on the shoulders of […]

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Tags: Evolution · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · science

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease, 2013

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments

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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Tags: Climate Change · Conservation · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · science

New Publication, Emerging infectious diseases: the role of social sciences

December 4th, 2012 · No Comments

This past week, The Lancet published a brief commentary I wrote with a group of anthropologist-collaborators. The piece, written with Craig Janes, Kitty Corbett, and Jim Trostle, arose from a workshop I attended in lovely Buenos Aires back in June of 2011. This was a pretty remarkable meeting that was orchestrated by Josh Rosenthal, acting […]

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Tags: Human Ecology · Infectious Disease

New Grant, Post-Doc Opportunity

August 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Biological and Human Dimensions of Primate Retroviral Transmission One of the great enduring mysteries in disease ecology is the timing of the AIDS pandemic. AIDS emerged as a clinical entity in the late 1970s, but HIV-1, the retrovirus that causes pandemic AIDS, entered the human population from wild primates many decades earlier, probably near the […]

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Tags: Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · Primates · Social Network Analysis

A New Vector for Leishmania

December 28th, 2010 · No Comments

It isn’t every day that we learn about the discovery of an entirely new vector for an important vector-borne disease. A new report by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has identified a new species of Leishmania that is transmitted by midges, not the usual vector, sandflies. Leishmania is a vector-borne protozoan parasite that […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease

Mutant Fungus Threatening World Wheat Supplies

June 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

A mutant strain of the wheat stem rust fungus, Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici, has emerged that threatens as much as 60 million tons of world wheat production.  The story of this emergence can be found here.  There is a clearinghouse of information on the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative website. The emergence of such a […]

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Tags: Human Ecology · Infectious Disease

Pssst, Swine Flu is Still Here

May 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The coming Aporkalypse appears to have faded into last week’s obscurity. With WHO raising the pandemic alert from 3 to 5 in the span of about 24 hours, it seemed that Oinkmageddon was upon us.  But now it’s hard to find a news piece on swine flu, let alone an inflammatory one. This is something […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease

Devastating Virus in Tasmanian Abalone Fishery

September 11th, 2008 · No Comments

A news story reports the outbreak of abalone viral ganglioneuritis in Tasmania.  This is the first report of the disease in Tasmanian fisheries.  In fact, the disease appears to be quite newly emergent since, according to the Department of Primary Industries for the State of Victoria, the virus was previously not described in Australia prior to 2005.  Since […]

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Tags: Conservation · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease