New review! Models for managing wildlife disease

New review by Prof. McCallum on the application of dynamic models to evaluate and guide management strategies for wildlife disease! The summary and link are below. McCallum, H. I. (2015) Models for managing wildlife disease. Parasitology. doi:10.1017/S0031182015000980 (link). SUMMARY Modelling wildlife disease poses some unique challenges. Wildlife disease systems are data poor in comparison with human or livestock disease systems, and the impact of disease on population size is often the key question of interest. This review concentrates specifically on the application of dynamic models to evaluate and guide management strategies. Models have proved useful particularly in two areas. They ha

EFRI Seminar by Dr. Olivier Restif - "Tracking elusive viruses in African fruit bats: a model-g

The Environmental Futures Research Institute recently hosted an excellent seminar by Dr. Olivier Restif (Disease Dynamics Unit, University of Cambridge) as part of their 2015 seminar series (Tuesday, 4th August, 2015). Dr. Restif is an exceptional modeller of wildlife diseases, is widely known for his paper in Ecology Letters outlining the method of "Model-guided fieldwork", and has worked extensively as a key collaborator with Dr. Alison Peel from our team. It was a great pleasure to attend his seminar and have the opportunity to discuss various aspects of modelling with him in person! Summary, seminar flyer and link to presentation slides below. You can find a pdf of Dr. Restif's slides he

Our team at the Wildlife Disease Association International Conference! Part 3 (poster presentations)

Members of our team recently attended (and presented at) the Wildlife Disease Association's 2015 International Conference. Photos, poster abstracts and links to full posters from our team can be found below: Paramyxoviruses in Australian flying-foxes: each to their own? Alison J Peel 1, Olivier Restif 2, Vicky Boyd 3, Lauren Goldspink 4, Gary Crameri 3, Daniel Edson 4, Hamish McCallum 5, Craig S Smith 4 1. Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia 2. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK 3. CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Geelong, Victoria, Australia 4. Biosecurity Queensland, Department

Our team at the Wildlife Disease Association International Conference! Part 2 (oral presentations)

Members of our team recently attended (and presented at) the Wildlife Disease Association's 2015 International Conference. Photos and oral presentation abstracts from our team can be found below (posters still to come): Spillover: dynamics of cross-species transmission Raina Plowright 1 1. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, United States Advances in genetic sequencing are now revealing the tremendous diversity of the microbial communities that inhabit or infect living organisms. However, it is difficult to identify the microbes that have the potential to spill over from other species to infect and cause disease in humans. We outline the ecological, epidemiological, and behavioral determi

Our team at the Wildlife Disease Association International Conference! Part 1

Several of our team members recently attended the 64th International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association (held on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, 25-30th July, 2015), and gave oral presentations or presented posters. There was a great turnout - there were a total of 359 registered conference attendees! Dr. Raina Plowright's opening plenary presentation was excellent and set the tone for the rest of the conference. Mr. John Giles received much interest on his spatial flying fox and Hendra modelling after his great presentation (being interviewed and video-recorded by Channel 7!). Drs. Jaewoon Jeong and Laura Grogan also gave very good presentations and received great and interesting feedb

Our team at EEID 2015 conference!

Members of our team recently attended the Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) 13th Annual Conference held May 26-29, 2015 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, USA. Congratulations to all for an excellent job well done! Mr. Nicholas Clark was selected for an oral presentation: Biogeographical variation in blood parasite coinfections in congeneric island birds: a mosaic of parasite-mediated selection? Nicholas J Clark, Sonya M Clegg The interplay between host population structure and pathogen burden is an important driver of host-pathogen coevolution. However, this relationship can be complicated by the often-high incidence of pathogen coinfections. We investigated associati

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