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Disease Eco-Epidemiology

We research the ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of vector-borne, wildlife, and zoonotic diseases using field-based studies and molecular tools.  By understanding how pathogens are maintained in nature, we aim to identify novel targets for interventions to reduce disease risk to humans, wildlife, and domestic animal populations.

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Recent News from the Lab:

  • March 2019 WHO : All are invited!
    WHAT: Wild Bird Outreach Event, hosted by students and researchers affiliated with the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University
    WHERE: Southwest Park, City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department ( 300 Southwest Parkway, College Station, TX 77840 ).
    WHEN: Sunday, March 10, from ~8am until ~10:30am (sunrise 7:41am). Come and go as you please.  Heavy rain will result in the need to reschedule.
    WHY: Come get some experience and enjoy a morning chatting about birds! Our team will be using mist-nets to capture wild birds for research and teaching purposes.  We will demonstrate techniques including: use of mist nets, safe handling of birds, bird identification, applying leg bands, taking biological samples including ticks and blood, and more.  Data we collect will be submitted to the federal Bird Banding Laboratory and also contribute to our ongoing investigations of pathogens in birds.  Like all work with wildlife, we cannot guarantee any capture success.
    If you have questions or wish to be informed of cancellation, please write Spencer DeBrock ( spencer.debrock@tamu.edu ), PhD student in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
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  • February 2019 Congrats on the acceptance to TAMU Vet School to undergrads Cassidy and Ashley!
  • January 2019 Congrats Jillian for being awarded funding from the CVM Postdoctoral Research Trainee Grant competition!  Looking forward to more great work with the kissing bug colony.
  • January 2019 Congrats to our team for great representation in the 2019 CVMBS Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Research Symposium and Banquet.  Dr. Jillian received the Peoples Choice award for her poster on triatomine flight capability.  Rachel B. presented a great poster on canine Chagas disease epidemiology. Additionally, 'High Impact Awards' were given at the banquet, where Alyssa received a 'Large Grant Recipient' award (with money) and both Alyssa and Italo were recognized for first author publications.
  • December 2018 In the summer Sarah assisted in a new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department investigation of the urban ecology of Green Jays in the Rio Grande Valley, led by biologist Tony Henehan.  You can learn more with this short TPWD documentary with footage from the field. We are now working with blood samples collected from these birds for disease ecology research questions.

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