Raina K. Plowright
Study systems include
Hendra virus in fruit bats
Pneumonia in bighorn sheep
See our research website:
Plowright, R.K., Manlove, K., Cassirer, E.F., Cross, P.C., Besser, T.E. & Hudson, P.J. (2013) Use of Exposure History to Identify Patterns of Immunity to Pneumonia in Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis). PLoS One, 8, e61919.
Cassirer E.F., Plowright R.K., Manlove K.R., Cross P.C., Dobson A.P., et al. (2013) Spatio-temporal dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12031
Plowright R. K., Cross P.C., Tabor G. M., Almberg E., Bienen L., Hudson P.J. (2012) Climate-change and disease dynamics. In Auguirre A., Daszak P., and Ostfeld S., editors.Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, Oxford University.
Plowright R. K., P. Foley, H. E. Field, A. P. Dobson, J. E. Foley, P. Eby and P. Daszak. (2011) Urban habituation, ecological connectivity and epidemic dampening: the emergence of Hendra virus from flying foxes (Pteropus spp.). Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.0522
Plowright R.K., Sokolow, S.H., Gorman, M.E., Daszak, P., and Foley, J.E. (2008) Causal inference in disease ecology: investigating ecological drivers of disease emergence. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, DOI: 10.1890/070086.
Plowright, R. K., Field, H. E., Smith, C., Divljan, A., Palmer, C., Tabor, G. M., Daszak, P. & Foley, J. E. (2008) Reproduction and nutritional stress are risk factors for Hendra virus infection in little red flying foxes (Pteropus scapulatus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 275, 861-9.
My research integrates approaches from epidemiology, ecology, and veterinary medicine to elucidate infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. I work on emerging infectious diseases that occur in wildlife but can spill over to domestic animals and humans, as well as infectious diseases that impact wildlife conservation.
My research focuses on:
Emerging infectious diseases of bat origin
Understanding the landscape-scale persistence and spread of Hendra virus in flying foxes (Pteropus spp. fruit bat)
Examining the impact of seasonal changes in host behavior, physiology, and demography on host-pathogen dynamics and on the risk of spill-over to novel hosts
Ecological drivers of disease emergence
Exploring the interaction between landscape change, host ecology, and disease emergence
Combining mathematical/simulation modeling with field-data collection and laboratory data to understand disease emergence
Conservation impacts of infectious disease
Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep
Managing wildlife connectivity in the face of infectious diseases
Controlling infectious diseases in free-ranging wildlife populations
Climate change and infectious-disease dynamics
Anticipating and preventing infectious-disease impacts of wildlife corridors and assisted migration