Disease Ecology in Human-Altered Landscapes

Monday, August 5, 2013: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
205AB, Minneapolis Convention Center
Courtney Coon, University of South Florida
James S. Adelman, Virginia Polytechnic State University
Courtney Coon, University of South Florida
Zoonotic and epizoonotic diseases pose serious threats to both human and ecosystem health across the globe. As such, recent decades have seen increasing interest in understanding, modeling, and predicting the spread and consequences of wildlife diseases. Today there are many emerging infectious diseases that include wildlife reservoirs within their transmission dynamics (e.g. Mycoplasma gallicepticum, West Nile virus, influenza, Nipah virus, etc.). Given the potential for increased interactions among humans, domestic animals, and wildlife in human-altered landscapes, this symposium focuses on how urban and otherwise disturbed environments influence transmission dynamics and spillover of diseases in and from wildlife. Specifically, we will address two of the most important and outstanding questions in urban disease ecology: 1) how susceptibility and transmission potential of hosts and vectors change in human-dominated landscapes, and 2) what role alterations to the biotic and abiotic environment plays in mediating these changes.
1:30 PM
 Land-use change and pathogen emergence: Differential implication of factors driving emergence across land-use gradients
Parviez R. Hosseini, EcoHealth Alliance; Kris A. Murray, EcoHealth Alliance; Elizabeth Loh, EcoHealth Alliance; Carlos M. Zambrana-Torrelio, EcoHealth Alliance; Kirsten V. K. Gilardi, University of California, Davis; Tracey Goldstein, University of California, Davis; Christine K. Johnson, University of California; Jonna A. K. Mazet, University of California, Davis; Peter Daszak, EcoHealth Alliance
2:00 PM
 Demographic transition and the dynamics of measles
Matthew Ferrari, Penn State University
2:30 PM
 Urbanization and disease transmission
A. Marm Kilpatrick, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ryan J. Peters, University of California, Santa Cruz; Matthew J. Jones, New York State Department of Health; Peter Daszak, EcoHealth Alliance; Peter Marra, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Laura D. Kramer, Wadsworth Center, New York State Dept Health and SUNY Albany
3:00 PM
3:10 PM
 A multi-scale approach to understanding and predicting spillover of an emerging infectious disease of bat origin
Raina K. Plowright, Pennsylvania State University; Hamish I. McCallum, Griffith University; Peter J. Hudson, Penn State University
3:40 PM
 Resource provisioning and infectious disease dynamics in urban environments
Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia; Daniel J. Becker, University of Georgia; Richard J. Hall, University of Georgia; Sonia M. Hernandez, University of Georgia; Daniel G. Streicker, University of Georgia
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