Population and Disease Ecology Lab - Dr. Angie Luis

Our research lies at the intersection of population, community and disease ecology. A particular focus is the importance of host ecology in determining disease dynamics in wildlife. We explore questions, such as how interactions between hosts and their environment (climate, seasonality, habitat type, etc) affect disease dynamics, can we predict when outbreaks will occur, and species traits associated with reservoirs of zoonotic disease (passed from animals to humans) and cross-species transmission. Because the underlying population and community ecology often have strong influences on disease dynamics, we are also interested in broader questions of population ecology, such as how populations are regulated and the importance of bottom-up (primary productivity) versus top-down (predator) influences. 

Vision magazine gives a nice summary of some of our current interests, here.