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John Giles






PhD Alumnus


Contact details


Environmental Futures Research Institute,

Building N78, Room 1.13, School of Environment,

Griffith University, Nathan campus,

170 Kessels Road, Nathan,

Queensland, Australia, 4111

Email: gilesjohnr"at"



I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and GIS at the University of Kansas. There I learned ecological niche modelling techniques and studied the geography of bubonic plague transmission in Northeastern Brazil. I then completed a Master's degree in Biology at the University of Northern Arizona where I studied the spatial ecology and population genetics of bovine babesiosis in the Southern US.


My work currently focuses on spatiotemporal population dynamics of Australian fruit bats within the context of viral transmission and maintenance. I employ novel spatial algorithms that simulate social foraging behaviour of fruit bats in response to the spatiotemporal flux of food resources. I am particularly interested in combining epidemiological models and validated models of metapopulations that are not vulnerable to typical confounders such as spatial population heterogeneity. And more broadly, how landscape change mechanistically influences bat population dynamics and ultimately drives spillover and emergence of bat-borne pathogens.

Research Keywords


Disease ecology, landscape epidemiology, remote sensing, GIS, mathematical modelling, population ecology




  • Giles, J.R., R.K. Plowright, P. Eby, A.J. Peel, H. McCallum. (2016). Nectar phenology predicts fruit bat population dynamics. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2382


  • Giles, J. R., A. T. Peterson, J. D. Busch, P. U. Olafson, G. A. Scoles, R. B. Davey, J. M. Pound, D. M. Kammlah, K. H. Lohmeyer, and D. M. Wagner. (2014) Invasive potential of cattle fever ticks in the southern United States. Parasites & Vectors 7:189.

  • Busch, J. D., N. E. Stone, R. Nottingham, A. Araya-Anchetta, J. Lewis, C. Hochhalter, J. R. Giles, J. Gruendike, J. Freeman, G. Buckmeier, D. Bodine, R. Duhaime, R. J. Miller, R. B. Davey, P. U. Olafson, G. A. Scoles, and D. M. Wagner. (2014) Widespread movement of invasive cattle fever ticks (Rhipicephalus microplus) in southern Texas leads to shared local infestations on cattle and deer. Parasites & Vectors 7:188.

  • Stone, N. E., P. U. Olafson, R. B. Davey, G. Buckmeier, D. Bodine, L. C. Sidak-Loftis, J. R. Giles, R. Duhaime, R. J. Miller, J. Mosqueda, G. A. Scoles, D. M. Wagner, and J. D. Busch. (2014) Multiple mutations in the para-sodium channel gene are associated with pyrethroid resistance in Rhipicephalus microplus from the United States and Mexico. Parasites & Vectors 7:456.


  • Araya-Anchetta, A., G. A. Scoles, J. R. Giles, J. D. Busch, and D. M. Wagner. (2013) Hybridization in natural sympatric populations of Dermacentor ticks in northwestern North America. Ecology and Evolution 3:714–724.


  • Giles, J. R., A. T. Peterson, and A. Almeida. (2011). Ecology and geography of plague transmission areas in Northeastern Brazil. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 5:e925.




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