On January 28, Suzanne O’Regan gave a talk on her postdoctoral work on critical transitions in infectious diseases to the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. A link to the published paper is posted below.
O’Regan, S.M. & J.M. Drake. Theory of early warning signals of disease emergence and leading indicators of elimination. Theoretical Ecology 6:333-357. [pdf][online]
Our lab uses experiments, field data, and quantitative models to characterize and understand the dynamic and stochastic processes that determine fluctuations, spatial distribution, and extinction of biological populations. Our overarching aim is to produce socially responsible and actionable scientific knowledge in the service of human and environmental welfare.
Areas of interest include the theory of extinction, the problem of coexistence, emergence and spread of infectious diseases, management of invasive species, and critical phenomena in ecology and epidemiology. Applications of our work include epidemic preparedness and forecasting (in both wildlife and human populations), conservation of rare and endangered species, and management of invasive species.
John M. Drake
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Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia
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