The statistics of epidemic transitions

The statistics of epidemic transitions

The prevalence of a pathogen emerging in a population varies in a complex manner that is difficult to model and predict, due in part to…

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Assorted diatoms as seen through a microscope.

Eigenvalues as early warning signals

Chen, S., E.B. O’Dea, J.M. Drake & B.I Epureanu.  2019.  Eigenvalues of the covariance matrix as early warning signals for critical transitions in ecological system. …

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Transmissibility of emerging viral zoonoses

Transmissibility of emerging viral zoonoses

Effective public health efforts require an accurate understanding of which virus species are capable of spreading between humans or may develop this ability in the…

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Zooplankton Diversity Project

Zooplankton Diversity Project

The Savannah River Site (SRS) is a US Department of Energy owned facility located in South Carolina. Located within the SRS property are a series…

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Suitability of Great Lakes for invasive species

Suitability of Great Lakes for invasive species

To efficiently manage and prevent species invasions, we need accurate predictions of where these species can arrive and persist. Species distribution models make such predictions…

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Data-driven identification of potential Zika virus vectors

Data-driven identification of potential Zika virus vectors

Zika is an emerging virus whose rapid spread is of great public health concern. Knowledge about transmission remains incomplete, especially concerning potential transmission in geographic…

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Waiting time to infectious disease emergence

Waiting time to infectious disease emergence

Bifurcation delay is a phenomenon that occurs when dynamical systems go through a critical transition. Bifurcation delay occurs because the state of the system may…

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New lab members: Annakate Schatz and Spencer Hall

New lab members: Annakate Schatz and Spencer Hall

The Drake lab welcomes data analysts Annakate Schatz and Spencer Hall. Annakate is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College and Spencer graduated from UGA. Both have important past experiences using data…

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Global patterns of zoonotic disease in mammals

Global patterns of zoonotic disease in mammals

The majority of infectious diseases currently emerging in humans originated in mammals. Yet we still know very little about the global patterns of mammal-to-human pathogen transmission….

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