Modern Insights Into Plagues of Old

See original post: By: Lauren White One less commonly known plague of antiquity is the Antonine Plague (165-190 Common Era [CE]). According to some historians, the Antonine Plague spanned the entire Mediterranean region, killing between 10-50% of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor, Lucius Verus, and his co-regent Marcus Aurelius are two of thisContinue reading “Modern Insights Into Plagues of Old”

2019 Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Conference

This year the EEID conference was held at Princeton University from June 10-13, 2019. The four guiding themes were: Behavioral drivers of disease dynamics Genetics of disease dynamics across scales Environmental drivers of disease Consequences of within-host competition for disease control across scales This year I tried something different for note taking: I brought myContinue reading “2019 Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Conference”

Research spotlight: Modeling how diseases spread

In order to predict and fight animal disease outbreaks, epidemiologists and other researchers need to understand how a given disease spreads through landscapes and populations. Factors contributing to the ability of a pathogen to spread include the features of the environment as well as the movement of the animals through that landscape. Human activity isContinue reading “Research spotlight: Modeling how diseases spread”

Research brief: Habitat fragmentation can promote disease outbreaks

Original post: Fragmentation of landscapes and habitat loss—driven by urbanization and climate change—can put wildlife species at risk of extinction. Some ecological theory suggests habitat fragmentation may be beneficial to wildlife facing disease because populations of sick animals may remain isolated from healthy populations or dispersal might allow healthy animals to escape infection fromContinue reading “Research brief: Habitat fragmentation can promote disease outbreaks”