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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

On The Dilution Effect

March 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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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Tags: Conservation · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease

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

This is Just What Greece Needs

August 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Greece was officially deemed malaria-free in 1974. Recent reports, however, suggest that there is ongoing autochthonous transmission of of Plasmodium vivax malaria. According to a brief report from the Mediterranean Bureau of the Italian News Agency (ANSAmed), 40 cases of P. vivax malaria have been reported in the first seven months of 2012. Of these […]

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Tags: Climate Change · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease

Three Questions About Norms

March 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

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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Tags: Anthropology · Conservation · Demography · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · Teaching

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

Measuring Epidemiological Contacts in Schools

December 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I am happy to report that our paper describing the measurement of casual contacts within an American high school is finally out in the early edition of PNAS. Stanford’s great social science reporter, Adam Gorlick, has written a very nice overview of our paper for the Stanford Report (also here in the LA Times and […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease

The Little Mouse on the Prairie

August 4th, 2010 · 4 Comments

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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Tags: Conservation · Infectious Disease · Social Network Analysis