About

The research lab of Dr. Wendy C. Turner

Department of Biological Sciences, University at Albany

Our lab conducts research into the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, focused on environmentally-transmitted and vector-borne parasites and pathogens. We study ecological, behavioral and genetic factors affecting disease transmission and epidemiology, including host-pathogen interactions, host susceptibility, and pathogen variation and persistence in the environment. We examine how together these contribute to outbreak seasonality and long-term patterns in disease dynamics within and among host species. The lab currently has two main study systems: anthrax transmission ecology in herbivorous wildlife of Namibia and South Africa, and white-nose syndrome and the ecology and conservation of northern long-eared bats on Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands.

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