Study systems include
White-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) and their communities of parasites.
Wild waterfowl in Bangladesh for my avian influenza work.
Vandegrift, K.J, and P.J. Hudson. 2008. Response to enrichment, type and timing: small mammals vary in their response to a springtime cicada but not a carbohydrate pulse. The Journal of Animal Ecology 78(1):202-209.
Vandegrift, K.J., T.R. Raffel, and P.J. Hudson. 2008. Parasites prevent summer breeding in white-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus. Ecology 89(8):2251-2258.
Vandegrift, K.J. and P.J. Hudson 2008. The population biology of Pterygodermatities peromysci and other gastro-intestinal helminths in free living white-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus in central Pennsylvania. International Journal for Parasitology. 39 (11):1253-1262.
Kinsella JM, Vandegrift KJ, Grant LK, Bozick BA & Hudson PJ (2008) Gastrointestinal helminths of the masked Shrew, Sorex cinereus, from Pennsylvania. Comparative Parasitology 75: 141-144.
Vandegrift KJ, Cravener TL, Hulet RM & Roush WB (2003). An Analysis of the nonlinear dynamics of daily broiler growth and feed intake. Poultry Science 82: 1091-1099.Hosseini, P., S.H. Sokolow, K.J. Vandegrift, A.M. Kilpatrick, P.D. Daszak 2010. Predictive power of air travel and socio-economic data for early pandemic spread. PLoS Pathogens. 5(9):1-8.
Vandegrift, K.J., S.H. Sokolow, P.D. Daszak, A.M. Kilpatrick. 2010. Ecology of influenza viruses in a changing world. Annals of the New York Academy of Science
. 1195: 113-128.
Vandegrift, K.J., P. Hosseini, and P. Daszak, Predicting emerging diseases in the twenty-first Century: The case of zoonotic influenza, in The Domestic and International Impacts of the 2009-H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic: Global Challenges, Global Solutions: Workshop Summary, I.O. Medicine, Editor. 2010, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine: Washington DC. pp. 111-119.
Vandegrift, K.J., Wale, N., Epstein, J. 2011. Bridging the Gaps: An ecological and conservation perspective on the application of recent advances in virology. Viruses 3(4): 379-397.
My project deals with the ecology of infectious diseases and parasites in small mammals. I am investigating:
- Are there key hosts for parasites and disease in the population?
- Who are those key hosts and why?
- How do key hosts affect disease spread?
- Are there hotspots or hot times for transmission?
- How do the communities of parasites associated with a host species interact with each other?
- How do parasites influence disease susceptibility?
- Can gastrointestinal nematodes drive the population cycles of their hosts?