Gillespie Lab

Thomas Gillespie:

Sponsored Research

  • The ecology and epidemiology of enteric pathogens in wildlife, people, and livestock; Gates Foundation, Jim and Robin Herrnstein Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, CDC
  • Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on patterns of parasitism in wildlife; US Fish & Wildlife, Maggioncalda Foundation, National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Wildlife vector-pathogen dynamics; NSF, NIH, European Union, CDC 

Goal of the Gillespie Lab

  • To determine how and why anthropogenic changes to tropical forests place people and wildlife in such ecosystems at increased risk of pathogen exchange. The central hypothesis of this work is that key human behaviors, wildlife behaviors, ecological conditions, and landscape features increase the risks of interspecific disease transmission. This effort entails a combination of epidemiology, molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, social and clinical survey, and spatially explicit modeling. The ultimate products are implementable plans for protecting human and wildlife health, while simultaneously ensuring the sustainability of the ecosystems within which they live.

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