Lab News!

December 2018. Tina Cheng‘s paper on changes in fat stores of bats impacted by white-nose syndrome was accepted by J. of Animal Ecology. Congrats Tina! See Publications page for details.

November 2018. Luz de Wit‘s paper on drivers of Toxoplasmosis exposure in island communities in Mexico, including cat density, sex, age, and diet, was accepted by PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Congrats Luz! It is Publication #100! See Publications page for details.

November 2018: Joseph Hoyt’s paper on the importance of indirect and infrequent contacts is published by Nature. Congratulations Joe! See Publications page #99 for details.

September 2018: Christa Seidl joins the Kilpatrick lab as a PhD Student. Welcome Christa!

August 2018: Joseph Hoyt’s paper on the importance of indirect and infrequent contacts is accepted by Nature. Congratulations Joe! See Publications page for details.

July 2018: Katherine McClure’s paper on the effects of land use and larval habitat on the abundance of Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes is published by the Journal of Medical Entomology. Congrats Katherine! See Publications page for details.

May 2018. We did two interviews with the NY Times and Wired commenting on a report published by the CDC showing a tripling of reported vector-borne diseases. It was a great chance to try (with only partial success) to counter the poorly supported dogma claiming that increases in vector-borne disease are caused by increased temperatures. Our paper (see Publications page, #91) led by former post-doc Sara Paull showed that drought is far more important than temperature in yearly West Nile virus incidence, and that human immunity from previous transmission is even more important still!

March 2018. Tony Kovach’s paper on the influence of rice cultivation on West Nile virus incidence in the USA is accepted for publication by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Congrats Tony! See Publications page for details.

November 2017. Our grant proposal to Australia’s Research Council using integral projection models (Publication #80 on Publications page) to examine disease dynamics of endangered frogs in Australia was funded! The team includes Hamish McCallumCherie Briggs, Laura Grogan, and David Newell. I’m looking forward to going to Australia!

October 2017. Joe Hoyt defends his PhD and becomes Dr. Hoyt.  Congrats Joe! He is now a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech.

September 2017. Tina Cheng defends her PhD and becomes Dr. Cheng.  Congrats Tina! She is now a post-doc with Bat Conservation International.

September 2017. Katherine McClure defends her PhD and becomes Dr. McClure.  Congrats Katherine! She is now a post-doc at Colorado State.

September 2017. Our paper on the spatial patterns and drivers of Nipah virus epidemics in Bangladesh is published in Emerging Infectious Diseases! See the Publications page.

April 2017. Two of our papers were published this month in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.  The first lays out the research that is needed to make conservation an effective public health tool.  The second paper is co-authored by more than a dozen Lyme disease experts and synthesizes four decades of research on Lyme disease ecology in an effort to outline areas of concensus, and gaps in our knowledge that we need to fill to control this important disease.  The Lyme disease paper was covered by the popular press including Self Magazine and Science Daily.  See the Publications page for both papers and links.

April 2017. In a first, we were asked, for a story by the San Jose Mercury News, to make a prediction about the intensity of West Nile virus this summer, given the extremely wet winter we just had.  We published a paper earlier this year (led by Sara Paull) showing that the strongest climatic driver of West Nile virus epidemics was drought.  Thus, we predicted that this would not be an especially intense year for West Nile virus in California.  We will find out if we are correct in the next 4 months!

March 2017. Luz de Wit’s paper that builds predictive models to facilitate estimating the public health burdens on islands of diseases carried by introduced mammals was Published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – the core journal of the global public health community. Congrats Luz! See Publications page for details.

March 2017. Our grant with Dina Fonseca, Rob Fleischer, Jeff Foster, Nina Fefferman, Eben Paxton and Lauren Sackett, and to study the co-evolution of mosquitoes, birds and avian malaria in Hawaii was recommended for funding by NSF for $2.5M! On to Hawaii!

February 2017. Our paper led by Sara Paull showing that drought and immunity determine the intensity of yearly West Nile virus epidemics was published in Proc. Royal Soc. B and covered by the popular press including NPR, BBC, Reuters, and US News World Report! Congrats to Sara!  See the Publications page.

January 2017. Our paper outlining the steps needed to develop biodiversity conservation as a public health strategy was accepted by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. See Publications page for details!

January 2017. Kate Langwig’s paper on the development of resistance by bats is published by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B and is covered by the Associated Press.  See Publications page for details!

January 2017. Our paper led by Sara Paull examining the drivers of yearly West Nile virus epidemics in North America was accepted by Proc. Royal Soc. B! Congrats to Sara!  This paper is the culmination of many years of hard work!  See the Publications page.

December 2016. Our paper with Ilia Rochlin, Ary Faraj, Chris Barker, and Dominick V. Ninivaggi examining the impacts of climate, DDT and land use on mosquito populations over the last century is published by Nature Communications, and covered by the popular press including print (e.g. MSNBC), and radio (KCBS, KPCC).  See Publications page for the paper and more details.

December 2016. Our paper describing the infection dynamics during the continental invasion and establishment of white-nose syndrome is accepted by Ecology.See Publications page for details.

October 2016. Our paper on bat skin microbiomes was published in Frontiers in Microbiology. See Publications page for details.

October 2016. Luz de Wit’s paper that builds predictive models to facilitate estimating the public health burdens on islands of diseases carried by introduced mammals was accepted by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – the core journal of the global public health community.  Congrats Luz! See Publications page for details.

October 2016. Our paper on bat skin microbiomes was accepted by Frontiers in Microbiology. See Publications page for details.

September 2016. Our Lyme disease ecology synthesis paper was accepted by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  In this paper we try to bridge the divide that has created so much animosity in Lyme disease research. See Publications page for details.

August 2016. Our paper with Ilia Rochlin, Ary Faraj, Chris Barker, and Dominick V. Ninivaggi examining the impacts of climate, DDT and land use on mosquito populations over the last century is accepted by Nature Communications.  See Publications page for details.

July 2016. Our proposal to Bat Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy to test a treatment to reduce the environmental reservoir for the fungus causing white-nose syndrome was funded!  Congrats to the whole team – Joe Hoyt, Kate Langwig, Jeff Foster, Katy Parise, Paul White, Bill Scullon, and John DePue!

July 2016. Jordan Ruybal passes her PhD Defense.  Just one more hurdle – her public talk on Monday, 8/1/16 – and then she will be Dr. Ruybal!  Congrats Jordan!

July 2016. Kate Langwig’s paper on the development of resistance by bats is accepted by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B and will be published as a part of a special issue on how humans cause evolutionary change in other organisms!  Congrats Kate!  See Publications page for details!

July 2016.  Tina Cheng’s paper describing a lab trial testing a probiotic treatment for white-nose syndrome was accepted by Journal of Applied Ecology.  Congrats Tina! See Publications page for details!

July 2016.  The US FWS White Nose Syndrome Strategic Vision document was just released that built heavily on our paper “Context-dependent conservation responses to emerging wildlife diseases”,  led by Kate Langwig.  It is an exciting example of science being used to guide policy in a very real way.  See Publications page #70 for the paper!

July 2016. Kate Langwig’s final dissertation chapter on the factors determining differences in impacts of white-nose syndrome on different bat species was accepted by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B and will be published as a part of a special issue on fungal diseases!  Congrats Kate!  See Publications page for details!

March, 2016. Joe Hoyt and Kate Langwig’s paper examining how Asian bats are persisting with white-nose syndrome is published by Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and covered by BBC, Discovery, and the Scientist. See Publications page for the paper and news coverage.

March 2016. Jordan Ruybal’s paper on spatial variation in mosquito life history traits published in Parasites & Vectors. Congrats to Jordan!  See Publications page for the paper.

March 2016.  Liam McGuire’s paper comparing different methods for assessing white-nose syndrome disease severity. See Publications page for more details.

March, 2016. Mark Wilber’s paper on using integral projection models (IPM) to model disease dynamics accepted at Methods in Ecology and Evolution.  See Publications page for more details.

February, 2016. Jordan Ruybal’s paper quantifying spatial variation in temperature – life history relationships for Culex pipiens mosquitoes is accepted by Parasites and Vectors!  Congrats to Jordan. See Publications page for more details.

January, 2016. Joe Hoyt and Kate Langwig’s paper examining how Asian bats are persisting with white-nose syndrome is accepted by Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  Congrats to Joe and Kate!  See Publications page for more details.

December, 2015. The Switzer Foundation makes a formal announcement of the 2015 Fellows, including Joe Hoyt!  They even created a very slick webpage for him here.  Congratulations to Joe!

November, 2015.  Taal Levi‘s paper on how predators determine the impact of resource pulses on prey populations is finally published in Oikos. See Publications page, #68!

November, 2015. Joe Hoyt’s paper describing his discovery of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in Asia is published by Emerging Infectious Diseases!  See Publications page for the paper, which was covered by Newsweek and other press outlets.

September 24, 2015. Joe Hoyt’s paper on a top secret topic is accepted by Emerging Infectious Diseases!  Stay tuned for more details.

July 2015. Bat Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy fund our grant proposal to perform a field trial to test the probiotic bacteria our lab has been developing to reduce the impacts of white-nose syndrome on bats.  See Publications page for a paper led by Joe Hoyt in PLoS One in 2015 that describes some of this work.

May 2015. NSF funds a small grant ($130K) to study the co-evolution of the hosts, vectors, and pathogen of avian malaria in Hawaii.  The PIs are Dina Fonseca, Rob Fleischer, Marm Kilpatrick, Nina Fefferman, and Eben Paxton.

May 2015.  Kate Langwig successfully defends her PhD!  Kate is heading to Harvard to do a post-doc with Marc Lipsitch.  Congrats Kate!

May 2015. Joe Hoyt appears on Science Radio show Quirks and Quarks to talk about his research and paper on using probiotic bacteria to reduce impacts of white-nose syndrome on bats.  See Publications page for this and other press stories on this research.  Congrats Joe!

May, 2015. Our lab’s paper on the invasion of white-nose syndrome is published online in Emerging Infectious Diseases!  See Publications page.

May 2015. Joe Hoyt awarded a Switzer Fellowship!  Congrats Joe!!!!

May, 2015. Our paper on how to manage emerging wildlife diseases is out in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper is a product of an NCEAS working group I organized with Jamie Voyles and Cherie Briggs. See Publications page for a pdf!

April, 2015. Joe’s paper on developing a probiotic to reduce white-nose syndrome impacts on bats was published in PLoS One and will be featured on an upcoming Quirks and Quarks show.  It was also covered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery News, Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet, and other sources.  Congrats to Joe!  See Publications page for a pdf!

March 12, 2015. Kate and Joe’s paper on the invasion dynamics of white-nose syndrome accepted by Emerging Infectious Diseases.  Congrats to Kate and Joe! See Publications page!

Feb 15, 2015. Joe’s paper on developing a probiotic to reduce white-nose syndrome impacts on bats accepted by PLoS One.  Congrats to Joe!  See Publications page!

January 30, 2015. Fred’s paper in Global Ecology and Biogeography published online!  See Publications page!

January 16, 2015. Sam’s paper on siderophores accepted at PLoS One.  Congrats to co-authors Tina and Fred! See Publications page!

December 12, 2014. Kate’s paper published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. See Publications page!

October 24, 2014. Our lab had four papers accepted this week including papers in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, PNAS, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Global Ecology and Biogeography!  Congrats to Kate Langwig, Winifred Frick, Joe Hoyt, and Tina Cheng!  See Publications page!

September, 2014: Joe Hoyt’s paper published online in Ecohealth: Long-term persistence of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of white-nose syndrome, in the absence of bats.  See Publications page for pdf.  Congrats to Joe!

September, 2014: Will Janousek’s paper published on how bird roosting behavior influences contact with biting mosquitoes published in Parasites & Vectors.  See the Publications page for pdf!

June, 2014: Joe Hoyt Goes to China to search for the fungus causing white-nose syndrome in bats.

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